“The Dwelling” is a collaboration among three artists Jieun Beth, Sara Madandar, and Christina Coleman. It is located at the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, TX. "The Dwelling" has two scenes, day and night. During the day it reflects the outside surrounding and during the night it reveals what’s inside. These three artists reflect their shared experiences with Elisabet Ney, a prominent Austin sculptor from the 19th century. Inside the structure, the artists incorporated their own artistic ideas and sensibilities in the installation. The installation speaks to themes such as the idea of home, the duality between vulnerability and the formidable, the female body and the cultural heritage.

“The Dwelling” is a collaboration among three artists Jieun Beth, Sara Madandar, and Christina Coleman. It is located at the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, TX. "The Dwelling" has two scenes, day and night. During the day it reflects the outside surrounding and during the night it reveals what’s inside. These three artists reflect their shared experiences with Elisabet Ney, a prominent Austin sculptor from the 19th century. Inside the structure, the artists incorporated their own artistic ideas and sensibilities in the installation. The installation speaks to themes such as the idea of home, the duality between vulnerability and the formidable, the female body and the cultural heritage.

Naughty Girls Naughty Girls is an assortment of watercolor paintings, ceramic sculptures and floating decorated ceramic tiles. Derived from East Asian Manga and Anime cultures, the female representations have large eyes and idealized lure. They are surprising with their provocative openness, and shamelessly hedonistic. It denounces the moral expectations for an Asian female and substitutes Western's exotic point of view. The series represents the dichotomy between pleasure and remorse, hence frivolously alluding to the dread of life with pleasure and farce.

Naughty Girls

Naughty Girls is an assortment of watercolor paintings, ceramic sculptures and floating decorated ceramic tiles. Derived from East Asian Manga and Anime cultures, the female representations have large eyes and idealized lure. They are surprising with their provocative openness, and shamelessly hedonistic. It denounces the moral expectations for an Asian female and substitutes Western's exotic point of view. The series represents the dichotomy between pleasure and remorse, hence frivolously alluding to the dread of life with pleasure and farce.

Being Being series explores the dichotomy between illusion and reality, and the layers of perception influencing the sense of being. Objects found in daily life are embedded into layers of wax and resin. Fallen leaves, pressed flowers, dried insects are juxtaposed with personal objects like photographs, handkerchiefs, jewelry, etc., serving as shapes, colors and giving volume to create a composition. These works are symbolic representations, liberated from words in identity discussions, speaking to the ideas of time, body, and innocence.  

Being

Being series explores the dichotomy between illusion and reality, and the layers of perception influencing the sense of being. Objects found in daily life are embedded into layers of wax and resin. Fallen leaves, pressed flowers, dried insects are juxtaposed with personal objects like photographs, handkerchiefs, jewelry, etc., serving as shapes, colors and giving volume to create a composition. These works are symbolic representations, liberated from words in identity discussions, speaking to the ideas of time, body, and innocence.

 

Sara In Sara series, a reproduced image of a female nude is reiterated and dressed with different interpretations of self hood while reflecting various characters in mythology. Each interpretation is assigned with an esteem and a sense of provocation. They highlight female identity and vitalize forgettable female representation. The creative process embodies the ideas of femininity, craft, and cycles, for example, parts of images are created by embroidering human hair. This series portrays contrast and reverses original meanings

Sara

In Sara series, a reproduced image of a female nude is reiterated and dressed with different interpretations of self hood while reflecting various characters in mythology. Each interpretation is assigned with an esteem and a sense of provocation. They highlight female identity and vitalize forgettable female representation. The creative process embodies the ideas of femininity, craft, and cycles, for example, parts of images are created by embroidering human hair. This series portrays contrast and reverses original meanings

I Am I Am consists of paintings of found objects that are cut-off from life, such as fallen tree leaves, withered flowers, insects frozen and dried in time, capturing the fragility of the shell-like subjects. Without the suggestive information of a constructed space, the subjects float in the white negative space, referencing Eastern Asian traditional paintings. This series examines the intimacy of death in daily life and the equity in the transience of life.

I Am

I Am consists of paintings of found objects that are cut-off from life, such as fallen tree leaves, withered flowers, insects frozen and dried in time, capturing the fragility of the shell-like subjects. Without the suggestive information of a constructed space, the subjects float in the white negative space, referencing Eastern Asian traditional paintings. This series examines the intimacy of death in daily life and the equity in the transience of life.

 
Memories Memories series consists of acrylic paintings on black and white prints of a movie scene. The artworks are the aftermath of a heavily labor intensive process of accumulating paint strokes to become a relief. With 0.5% of pigment added to a transparent acrylic medium, each stroke of paint is added to the original image intending to amass paint and obscure the original representation. Depending on the original value, different amounts of paint is needed, therefore, the final painting undulates with subtle differences in relief. This series explores the idea of collective memory and individual memory, while exemplifying the inadequacy of memories.  

Memories

Memories series consists of acrylic paintings on black and white prints of a movie scene. The artworks are the aftermath of a heavily labor intensive process of accumulating paint strokes to become a relief. With 0.5% of pigment added to a transparent acrylic medium, each stroke of paint is added to the original image intending to amass paint and obscure the original representation. Depending on the original value, different amounts of paint is needed, therefore, the final painting undulates with subtle differences in relief. This series explores the idea of collective memory and individual memory, while exemplifying the inadequacy of memories.

 

Moving Image Moving Image is a collection of video documentations capturing the light and the shadow of the Memories series' relief paintings. Incorporating light, sound and time, the documentations suggest narratives that is unlikely, given the process and the intention of the Memories series, which were created from movies (moving images) and transformed into static abstract paintings

Moving Image

Moving Image is a collection of video documentations capturing the light and the shadow of the Memories series' relief paintings. Incorporating light, sound and time, the documentations suggest narratives that is unlikely, given the process and the intention of the Memories series, which were created from movies (moving images) and transformed into static abstract paintings

Shell

Shell consists of paintings of the artist's self-portraits. The artist observes her body as an inanimate object, presented like still-life subject matter. She is the gazer and also the one to be gazed upon, acting with omnipotence and solitude.  Utilizing the scale and the color scheme, the paintings shows the emotion of the artist's relationship with her body, invoking the feelings of disconnection, dislocation and confusion. This series was the beginning of the artist's exploration into the idea of personal identity. 

Naughty

Naughty is a collection of works from the last decade. They are female entities of whimsical expressions that emerged curiously while making "serious" body of works that are demanding and sometimes somber. This body of work is the foundation for the most recent series, Naughty Girls.