Ziesook You is an artist from South Korea who has recently relocated to Dallas. She has participated in a number of exhibitions and had nine solo exhibitions in S. Korea. She received her MFA from the Seoul Women’s University in 2002 and has been teaching contemporary art and video art and techniques at universities and graduate schools since. She is currently working out of her studio in the Dallas area and is showing in exhibitions in several cities in Texas, South Carolina, and California.
Since 2016, she has been working on the "Scent of Broq-pa" project, which expresses happiness through the coexistence of humans and nature, with photogrqphs of people from various walks of life being overlayed with hundreds of flowers. This series has been exhibited in Korea, Hong Kong, and the United States.
Scent of Broq-pa
Broq-pa is the name of a small village in Nepal. Everyday the women in Broq-pa - living at the end of the Silk Road - work to grow flowers in their gardens. Because they live surrounded by mountains of stone, they call flowers, love. Their love is the power for them to survive in this sterile environment. The artist’s work starts from sharing their attitude toward life and the people around her. The artist wishes to share it with the hope of showing the scent of Broqpa in which a tiny thing called flower is a trigger for finding happiness.
“Can we be happy with flowers?” Today’s society can achieve many things with money, so the criterion of happiness sometimes depends on money. Money makes everything easy and convenient. Therefore, many people today do not find happiness with small things. Maybe it is a process, but a flower can be an object to record and find happiness rather than having consumption for the sake of consumption. The artist processes her work to feel the spiritual joy called happiness as in the spirit of Broqpa. The Scent of Broqpa has been a series working with twins, single mothers, seniors, and multi-cultural and various age groups since 2016.
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