‘G-sim’ Seyeon paints semi-abstract images of explosion with the tips of his fingers. What he reproduces is the moment of existence.
‘G-sim’ Seyeon has a bachelor’s degree in visual design. The artist used to live and work in Berlin, Germany, but returned to Korea recently and has been continuing his unique artist practice called fingerpainting. Before returning to Korea, he held solo exhibitions in Berlin and Antwerp. ‘G-sim’ Seyeon does not use paintbrushes because he believes that they physically limit him and the viewers. Instead, he uses his fingers, in hopes to communicate more closely with the audience. In that vein, he showcases live painting performances to share his primitive thoughts and emotions the moment they emerge. A strong artistic bond forms between the artist and the audience when his inner language is translated into a universal visual language.
‘G-sim’ Seyeon’s act of artistic creation and the fruits of his practice are traces of his inner world. The artist begins his artistic journey from exploring the primitive emotions of man, such as human desire and impulse. His creative works, which are inspired by the exploration of the mind, influence his process of thinking. Through these artistic creations, he moves on from pondering over primitive emotions and enters a realm of peace and stability.
‘G-sim’ Seyeon paints with his fingers instead of paintbrushes to explicitly convey his “raging” mind. He communicates with the audience through his works by revealing the most personal yet universal voices.
Traces of paint splattered, scratched, and pasted on the canvas by fingers function as triggers that stimulate various senses. As our eyes follow ‘G-sim’ Seyeon’s paintings where his touches and traces seem to remain intact, we feel as though we are touching someone and see someone bumping into another person. ‘G-sim’ Seyeon’s paintings do not point to a particular subject, but the vivid colors of his works and the three-dimensional traces of his fingers through which we grasp the artist’s emotions make us recall someone’s face, voice, and behavior.
‘G-sim’ Seyeon poured out his emotional energy on the canvas, so his paintings both compress and burst out a range of different emotions. As links that connect emotions, his paintings arouse various emotions that are intertwined, like new challenges entail hope and fear, while love entails joy and devotion.
As evident here, ‘G-sim’ Seyeon’s creative performance starts from instinctive actions, but it leads to the extraction of the essence of the mind. By doing so, his art makes the people of today, who are so tied to living the present day in preparation for the future that they fail to look after their inner feelings, focus on their present moments. Also, the artist makes us respond carefully and faithfully to the complex and subtle feelings inherent in us, thereby having us truly look into our minds and hearts.