Korean Artist, Jin Young Yu, shows you what it’s like to behold “invisible people.” These life size human and animal sculptures exacerbate the humanity involved in being transparent individuals and families. Yu captures the essence of man’s defense mechanisms- playing roles of happiness by wearing their metaphorical and quite literal masks. Though the individuals and families present themselves to be “happy” or “smiling” when greeting a guest (even the dog has a mask), the true state of transparency is the silence, melancholy and fear that lie within.
Yu’s sculptures are an investment of time and artistic expression. The artist carefully sculpts a clay human form and makes a plaster cast out of it. She then layers the mold with PVC (the glass like substance that is truly transparent and doesn’t warp or disfigure objects behind it), adding heat to the PVC sheets in order to fit the plaster mold. This is a painstaking process that Yu is lovingly dedicated to.
And the results are breathtakingly beautiful.