Fine Art Focus: Koo Seong Youn

by Grace Bonney

Until last fall, I was one of the largest consumers of candy I know. I started and ended most days with a handful of gummy candies from the corner store near our apartment. Then we moved upstate, I finally went to the dentist and I had enough cavities (and a big enough dental bill) to make me finally kick my sugary habit. I may have sworn off candy, but I will always (always!) have a soft spot for sugary sweets. So when Ana Na sent me today’s pick for our Fine Art Focus, I had to smile.

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Koo Seong Youn is a Korean artist and photographer who creates beautiful botanical sculptures made from treats like candy and popcorn. Instead of a flower blossom on a cherry branch, she replaces each tiny bud with a classic movie-time snack. Flowers and leaves are formed entirely from hard candy to create glossy reproductions of the real thing. Then Koo photographs them in great detail to create lasting (although I bet the candy wouldn’t last for some time…) versions of her miniature masterpieces. I loved getting to know these beautiful and quirky pieces of art and hope you’ll enjoying learning more about the artist behind them. xo, grace

Artist: Koo Seong Youn
About: Koo Seong Youn was born in Korea in 1969. She received her BFA in Photography from the Seoul Institute of the Arts 1994.
Work: Koo’s work is two-fold. She creates whimsical sculptures from candy, popcorn and other found materials and photographs them as glossy still-life pictures. Her work has sold at Christies and been shown at galleries and museums through Korea and China.
More: You can read more about Koo’s work here, here and here.

Images via Artsy and Gallery Huue.


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