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Yun Suknam

Women of Resistance, Becoming Historic 

YUN SUKNAM, Portrait of Jeong Jeong-hwa, 2020, color pigment on hanji, 210 × 94 cm. Courtesy the artist and Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul.

Examining the figurative paintings and mixed-media works of Yun Suknam, one might notice the artist’s particular attention to hands. In the acrylic-on-paper Even I Had Ten Hands (1985), a many-limbed mother holding babies and juggling other gendered chores symbolizes the sacrificial devotion demanded of women by the patriarchy. Blue Bells (2002), a pair of wooden sculptures of Yun and of Joseon kisaeng (courtesan) and poet Yi Mae-chang holding bells…

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