KENEKTID X ARTIST / Printer
KYUNG EUN YOU
My works reflect on the past experiences and feelings. I have been working on the concept of “a black room" that comes from the memories of a dark room in childhood and as a young adult after series of traumatic events in my prints and comics. Lack of privacy and need of a place from constant moving and room sharing have made me create a small room in my head. “Black room” is a physical and spatial visualization of where feelings and memories stay.
The project I am currently working on, “Where Are We Now” (image sample files from 01 to 06) is a series of linoleum cut prints in comic strip format in two matrixes, one in a comic strip style and another in repetition of the strip. The series is about me and my dad’s struggle after my mother’s passing in 2009 in Los Angeles. As an immigrant family to the United States, overcoming emotional and financial damage wasn’t easy especially when other families and friends were living far in our homeland. Through comic prints, I express how my family has come through confusion and depression and dealt with my dad’s alcoholism after our loss. I hope to support any immigrant family in hardship by sharing my stories.
Kyung Eun You was born and raised in Korea and currently lives and works in New York where she found printmaking as primary medium since 2012. She has been studying and working on printmaking and illustrations followed by previous education in cartoon and comics at Korea Animation High School in Korea.
Kyung has been invited to Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program at New York Foundation of the Arts as a mentee in 2017 and she is a forthcoming Art-in-Education Work Space Residency artist at Women’s Studio Workshop in 2018. Her works have been exhibited and published in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Hong Kong and more.
Besides career in her own art works, Kyung currently works as an assistant printer to master printer Erik Hougen at the Lower East Side Printshop in New York. She has assisted master printer Kathy Caraccio and artist Bill Behnken in the past. She has moreover printed for artists such as Annie Poon and Franklin Feldman.
Dad you didn’t mean to say.
You Here Again.
Do you remember.