New Jersey based artist Shin-Young An uses newspapers as the backdrop for her portrait paintings. Applying oil paints that remain translucent, the artist paints portraits of women and portraits of hands/limbs that appear to emerge in a ghostlike manner from printed stories and photographs. Lovely!
In her artist’s statement, An writes, “The main theme of my recent work is exploring the unfortunate reality of our present world. While reading the newspaper, articles began affecting me to the point that I realized I am a somewhat powerless artist and I wanted this to be reflected in my work. It has given me the opportunity to respond to social and environmental issues. I depict these reactions through the visual interaction of limbs and portraits painted against a backdrop of current news articles that have touched me.”
Ms. An currently has an exhibit at the Noyes Museum of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey showing through Sept 9, 2012.