Seo Jo’s intimate photographs portray nature in all its majesty, images made all the more stirring by the artistic touch she uses of placing herself in dramatic poses within the settings. The splendor of the natural world and the fragility of the human body are accentuated by juxtapositions between dark and light tones, as well as hard and soft textures. Yet despite the dramatic visual distinctions in her photographs, a major theme of Seo Jo’s work is that nature and humanity are inseparable. This primary truth fills her work with a feeling of timelessness. We also sense the blurring between static natural objects and ongoing organic processes. Objects in nature, like bushes, trees, and rocks, are seen here to be no different than the laws of nature, such as gravity, the circulatory system, desire, and cause and effect.
Like nature itself, Seo Jo’s self-portraits are more than the sum of their parts; they use visual language to convey a dramatic and timely narrative about our place in the universe.