Soo Kim Yung is a Korean-American painter (b.1990), who immigrated to the United States from South Korea with her family in 1996. Raised by her grandparents, who lived through the Korean War and saw the country’s transformation from poverty to growth, Soo’s works with rice reflect a process of discovery and dialogue. Each grain of rice is meticulously placed onto the surface, emphasizing the silent power of multitudes and showing respect for a time when rice was scarce. Her works with rice are a testament to this, embodying the values of diligence, order, and harmony.
Soo’s paintings celebrate the joys of her life and the concept of meditation, and are influenced by her cultural roots and minimalist ideas. Working with rice as a medium allows for a unique and specific translation and perception of the artwork, influenced by the viewer’s own experiences and cultural exposure.
Residing in Atlanta Georgia, Soo has earned a BFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her works have been exhibited at various museum and gallery shows including Besharat Museum Gallery (Atlanta, GA), Mason Fine Arts (Atlanta, GA), Stay Home Gallery (Paris, TN), Swan Coach House Gallery (Atlanta, GA), Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, GA), and Mint Gallery (Atlanta, GA), Echo Contemporary Art (Atlanta, GA).