Her approach has been inspired by C.G. Jung’s analytical psychology, which considers myths, folklores and fairy tales as gates to explore human nature and different states of mind. Indeed many explore the complexities of life through a child’s journey or the wise man’s tales. Animals have come to represent the tales that she is inspired by. Her subjects have been overtaken by animals, an outward expression of the inner thoughts.
Artistically she has drawn from the Flemish Masters, such as Hans Memling and Jan van Eyck, particularly the tranquil mood that comes through in their work. More recently she has been exploring Asian art from the same time period, and the resonance work still has today. “Their down-toned colours seem to embrace the sense of time-passing. I always want to learn how to recreate their refined mysteries.” Whilst her inspirations from the past resonate, she has connected them to the present in her anthropomorphic figures.
“A good old story could play its role both as a very old wise man and as an innocent child. It retells a part of the journey called life towards inner growth.”
Egene Koo is a painter based in South Korea. She has established her style by creating hybrid images from different sources. Against a backdrop of her interest in psychology and spirituality, she develops her style by exploring diverse symbolic images from mythic stories and nature. She had solo exhibitions including ‘Trivial Myth (2014)’, ‘Neverending Childhood (2012)’ and ‘Garden of Lost Things (2008)’ and participated in many group exhibitions, art fairs and collaborative projects. She studied in Korean National University of Arts(BFA) in Seoul and Camberwell College of Art(MA) in London. She currently lives and works in Ilsan, South Korea.
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