After previously focusing on dislocation, the recent series of Anna Jung Seo’s work expands her interests into people’s daily lives. These paintings developed out of an interest in the intimate moments of people, which unveil the different layers of human relationships, as experienced in the streets, trains, and pubs, and particularly on a street market in south London near her studio.
Fascinated by the way in which emotions and vulnerability of life can be dramatized into intimate or even awkward moments, this body of works is based upon the short memory following quick observations, sometimes repetitive, through daily encounters. Intrigued by scenes around her, Anna Jung Seo is trying to convey the vulnerability of these individuals by capturing the intense moments within small-scale paintings. Aiming to build up her own narrative on top of their stories, she believes that these small moments are, though ephemeral, strong enough to show the fragmented truth of life.
Apart from the mundane life, literature is another important source from which London-based artist takes the inspiration for the structure of the narrative. This is played as a subject or as a moment with an intent to deliver her credibility to the viewer by playing the contrast between real and created-real on the surface of the painting.
Anna Jung Seo was born in South Korea works and lives in London where she’s focused on painting in her studio in Dalston, London since finishing Turps Studio Programme in 2017.