For the past ten years, I’ve been exploring the idea of Personal Identity. The layers of one's understanding of themselves seemed intriguing, complex and worthy of dissecting. I began to realize that the formation of identity is due to one's fear of losing life, body, and relationships. I came to understand the void in the meaning behind one's identity. Appearance, Personality, Accomplishments, and Attachment are ways of defining one's belonging in the world. However, nothing can be maintained or preserved. After time, going through changes, and the fading of the body, what is left is mystery; sometimes called the emptiness. Body as a shell, mind as a memory of fiction, and life as death… what is an identity to you? How do you exist?
Jieun Beth (b. Texas, 1987 was born in the U.S. and grew up in South Korea, Canada, and France; living in twelve different cities and growing up with diverse influences motivated her artistic direction. She graduated with her MFA in Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and received her BFA in Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009. She explores the idea of Personal identity and examines the influence of the body, memory and transience of life on the understanding of one’s identity.
In 2017, her works have been part of multiple group shows nationally and internationally, including New York City, Austin, and Bulgaria. Her collaborative public art project, "The Dwelling", was fulfilled by the City of Austin’s Culture Alive grant at the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, TX and the project will be relocated to Colorado Spring, CO in 2018. Her upcoming Solo shows will be exhibited at the Czong Institute of Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea, at the Big Medium in Austin, TX , and Midland Community College in Midland, TX. She will also show at the ARTFICAT gallery in New York, NY in 2020.
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.