The notion of “to be” exists because of its binary opposite “not to be.” My work is a diffusion of existence and absence. The endless cycle of lacking and sufficing is a human condition, and as such the present is centered between to be and not to be. To keep this cycle rotating smoothly, binary oppositions such as to be and not to be, lacking and sufficing, body and mind, and I and other should be well balanced. Contemplating these oppositions is a practice for emptying out “I, here, and now,” to return to anonymity as well as to become considerate in sympathy.

Soonran Youn is one of the exhibiting artists for Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home.

IMAGE: Soonran Youn, Breathing Hole: Sign of Absence No. 3 (detail), 2014. Stainless steel wire, enamel paint. 14.5” x 28.75” x 7.5”.