Issue 40 Hair Winter 2010/11

Artist Project / The Dreamtime

So Yoon Lym

The series of portraits reproduced on the following pages were inspired by the artist’s work as a teacher in a New Jersey high school, where she has photographed students for the last eight years. Focusing on the intricate patterns of hair braiding, known as corn-rows for their resemblance to agricultural furrows, the works (all acrylic on paper) constitute a typology that evokes both shared ethnic and racial practices and highly individualized expressions of personal identity.

So Yoon Lym is a painter based in northern New Jersey. She had a solo exhibition, “The Dreamtime: Hair and Braid Pattern Paintings,” in November 2010 at the Paterson Museum, New Jersey. Her next solo exhibition, “Urban Patterns,” will take place in April 2011 at the Arthur M. Berger Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York.

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