Artist Lee Hyo-sun (이효선) is a talented and insightful artist who has recently created a powerful exhibition exploring the themes of pain, healing, and self-discovery. Through her paintings, each with its own unique interpretation and story, she encourages viewers to examine their own lives and emotions, to take a closer look at the landscape of their own minds and hearts, and to find hope and comfort in the midst of pain and sorrow. Viewers could feel consoled simply by looking upon her pierced heart, offering hope that attention and care can begin the journey towards transformation.
Hyo-sun’s unique style of painting is also worth noting. She employs a technique called “zoom-inism,” which involves zooming in on an initial image and adding another image on top of the new one. By looking closely at the object in the frame, the viewer’s psychology towards the subject is shown, or the characteristics or emotions of the subject are emphasised.
李孝善早期的作品展現出了安靜聆聽、溫柔擁抱所帶來的安寧, 讓隱藏的傷口慢慢展現出來，也詮釋了理解他人悲傷所需的靜謐、同情和沉默。然而，她後期的繪畫則展示了更近距離的內在動盪和持續的自我痛苦。畫作裡的人物刮著自己的心臟，孤獨而又渴望觸摸和安慰。這些作品捕捉到疼痛常常源於自己的行為，但卻渴望得到治癒。李孝善描繪了一個自省和自我發現的藝術過程，呈現了深層情感痛苦的治療之旅 – 從苦惱和孤立走向理解，通過智慧和同理心轉變。
Hyo-sun’s earlier works depict scenes of quiet listening, gentle embrace and presence that soothes and allows hidden wounds to surface. They illustrate the stillness, compassion and silence required to understand another’s sorrow. In contrast, her later paintings show a closer view of inner turmoil and self-perpetuating pain. Figures scrape their own hearts raw, isolate themselves, yet long for touch and comfort. The works capture how pain often stems from one’s own actions yet yearns for external healing. These portrays an artistic process of introspection and self-discovery that mirrors the journey of healing deep emotional pain – moving from distress and isolation towards understanding, connection and transformation through wisdom, empathy, and compassion.
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