I have been exploring the idea of personal identity: the moral expectations for an Asian female, the inadequacy of memories, the equity in the transience of life, and the liberation from words in identity discussions.
Most recently, I began to express more humor, pleasure and hedonism in my artworks. Fundamentally, I am fascinated to find harmony between two complementing forces, such as life and death, feminine and masculine, yin and yang, whimsy and dread, etc. Utilizing traditional painting and drawing techniques, I create images and present them in untraditional manners while developing craftsmanship in unprecedented ways. My works exist between the idea of illusion and physical reality, traditional and contemporary, Western and Eastern, craft and fine art, and lastly, trash and art.
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.
In 2017, her works have been part of multiple group shows nationally and internationally, including New York City, Austin, and Bulgaria. Her new series was shown at De Stijl Gallery's group show during the WEST Studio Tour and she will be revealing a collaborative public art project, "The Dwelling", at the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, TX. She is the first recipient of the City of Austin's Culture Alive grant.
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.