The mixed media artwork of Korean artist Yumi Song is rooted in childhood nostalgia. Song summons fond memories of the city where she grew up, Mokpo, a cozy city embraced by the sea and the mountains. Song recalls the scent of her father’s oil paintings and doodling under the warm sunlight, often going out to stand by the dark blue sea to embrace the tidal flats. These feelings, along with various Korean cultures and traditions like dance, martial arts, and calligraphy, color Song’s art. Her rhythmic works evoke the curves of martial arts and draw upon the approaches of calligraphy and meditation, bursting with movement and dynamism.
The repetition of spirals and curves in her work connect the historical past to the present and the future. Song recruits the idea of history’s linearity and its development in waves. She impresses the influence of her own hand to evoke this within her mixed media creations. Song has held numerous group and solo exhibitions of her work, which she has been practicing and adapting for over twenty years, and she is a member of both the Korean Fine Art Association and the Gwangju-Jeonnam Women Artists Association. She was also chosen for the final London Art Biennale Selection in 2021 and has won many artistic awards in Korea, including the Mudeung Art Competition Excellence Award. She explores the tenor and character of lines and forms in a manner unique to her experiences and inspirations, such that she reveals entirely new iterations of form not seen in another artist’s work.