Dorothy M. Yoon 
1976, Busan, Korea
Lives and works in Seoul.

2007 MFA in Fine Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.
2001 MFA(Sculpture), Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea.
1999 BFA (Sculpture), Ewha Woman's University, Seoul, Korea.

2015 Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2011 16 Bungee, Gallery Hyundai Window, Seoul, Korea
2009 SaLon gallery, London, UK. And Andrew James Art gallery, Shanghai, China.
2008 Andrew James Art gallery, Shanghai, China | Gallery S, Seoul, Korea.

2019 Bilbaoarte, Bilbao, Spain
2017 Swatch Art Peace Hotel Residency, Shanghai, China
2016 Seoul Museum Of Art, SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul, Korea
2013 Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation, Gyeonggi Creation Center; Gyeonggido, Korea
Art Hub, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2012 National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Goyang Art Studio, Korea; CEAAC(Centre européen d'actions artistiques contemporaines), Strasbourg, France.

Dorothy M. Yoon


Eye of Borges

25.11.2019 to 20.12.2019

Mi Yeon Yoon was selected through an agreement contract between ARKO (Art Council Korea) and Fundación´ace that builds artistic bridges linking both institutions. For her residency at Proyecto´ace, Mi Yeon Yoon developed her new project “The Eye of Borges”, inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ blindness.

Everyone knows that the famous Argentinian writer was a “modest blind, because it is total blindness in one eye, but only partial in the other”, as he defined himself. A smaller number of people, though, also knows that by the time he went blind, he had mastered the world of literature and philosophy, which are relevant to his fiction. But almost no one knows that he could not see black and red colors.“Others have the world, for better or worse / I have this half-dark, and the toil of verse”, as he declares in the poem “On His Blindness”.

Inspired by these facts, artist Mi Yeon Yoon created an “eye” printed with black ink on fabric that included a magical world that, probably, the writer would like to see. These big pieces built a dialogue with other, smaller “eyes” printed with red ink on paper. The magic eye that she created for Borges was related to her more recent project, “This Moment is Magic”, which she exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale, and deals with a line that bridges between her life and magic. In both projects, the work of sublimating life experience/illness in fantasy involves a sense of agony, illusion, erotism and wit—a process of associations, one after another. When a boundary emerges between reality and fantasy, the artist interprets it in her visual language.

Parallelly, the artist made a new set of her wands referring to both the Chinese Zodiac and the Western horoscope printing them with photolithographic plates.