Selected works by Seung Ah Paik

Seung Ah Paik


Pigment, charcoal & rabbit skin glue on canvas

400 x 180 cm (each)

Large raw canvases drape from floor to ceiling upon which monumental expanses of flesh are rendered. With this ensemble of cracked heels, bud nipples, broad hands, and mess of limbs, artist Seung Ah Paik offers a poignant and uniquely truthful depiction of her relationship to her own flesh.

Seung Ah Paik


Pigment, rabbit skin glue, charcoal on cotton calico

Left panel: 345 x 178 cm; Middle panel, 312 x 177 cm; Right panel, 369 x 176.5 cm

“I want my skin to be present in the painting, rather than be an image of my skin in the painting. I want the viewers to experience the self-meditative process inside the landscape of my corporeal body.” Paik draws her painterly technique from the Korean portrait tradition of 육리문법 (yuk-ri-mun-bup), an artistic style through which the identity of the sitter is revealed through showing the minute details of a face – indeed, here Ah Paik’s own identity is positioned as intrinsically expressed through the physicality of her body; “Every wrinkle, scar, callus, dead skin, and lump of cellulite reflects one’s history and personality.” In a time where flawlessness is celebrated as innately beautiful, and when the separation of mind and body is ever more initiated by our reliance on technology, these landscapes of flesh present and celebrate the inescapability of our own corporeality.

© Natasha Hoare, 2015


Weekend Notes- Autolandscape Exhibtion

How familiar are you with your own body? Can you identify every line or blemish, recognise every lump and bump? And how do you feel about them? Do you love your body or loathe it so much you hide under layers of fabric?

What you wear makes a statement about you. People in tight jeans, crop tops, short skirts, and low neck dresses are clearly confident enough to flaunt their assets to the public regardless of whether we want to see it or not.
The artist, Seung Ah Paik, also puts her body on public display, but in a much more unique (and tasteful) fashion. And in this case you might actually want to choose to see it.

Artists have been painting still life portraits for centuries, but it takes an awfully brave lady to do a self-portrait of her own nude body and make an exhibition of it for the whole world to see. But Seung Ah Paik'sAutolandscape is exactly that. The exhibit, which is on at the Lubomirov-Easton gallery until the 23rd March is an immersive study of the female body, but depicted in such a way that it becomes a mountain, a precipice, a landscape of flesh, wrinkled hands, calloused heels, unfolding limbs, and mounded curves.

Paik uses unbleached calico as the canvas to her paintings, and captures the contours the body through the 'eye of the beholder' looking down on themselves. There is no sense of concern with self-image, but rather an objective point of view. It is a factual perspective made all the more real by the use of fabric, which creates the textures and creases of human skin.