Benedetto Croce once said, “Art is an activity of the artist’s consciousness.” Some artists use music, while others words, and then there are artists like Song Nyeo Lyoo who use the visual. Looking at the work created by Song Nyeo Lyoo, we can learn a little something about what is going on inside her mind—that sex arouses the body, nature enriches the soul, and art inspires the mind. Through her paintings, we can see how human sexual nature can flow into one stream of connected and collective consciousness.
Who is Song Nyeo Lyoo?
Born in South Korea, Song Nyeo Lyoo made headlines after winning first prize at the Art Gemini show in London. The international competition was hosted by the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery and had more than 744 entries. Her unique Buddhist-inspired painting style won the juried contest and launched her career as an emerging artist. But there’s more to that story than just submitting the work. It’s the subtle meaning behind it all. What makes Song Nyeo Lyoo special is the suggestion that life, eroticism, nature, and architecture all are interconnected. This is clearly reflected in her decadent paradisal subject matter with the richness of materials she uses. An intricate, multistage process brings together ink, watercolor and gold powder on rice paper and wooden board.
Song Nyeo Lyoo makes love and eroticism look effortless through all of her paintings. She shows how nature thrives on cooperation just as much as it does competition. Her scenes of the interdependence between living things brings a deep sense of connection to anyone who ponders the idea. In a society fixated on competition, survival of the fittest, and oppression, these paintings are refreshing on all levels. Sex, or better yet, making love is not limited to naked bodies but includes the concept of procreation with a paintbrush, a musical instrument, a dance, or the exchange of mutual respect within the larger community of life.
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