1xRUN Thru Interview
Why Is The Moon So Sad III + Original Artwork by Mimi Yoon
1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about this piece, was this piece part of a recent theme or series? Is the original still for sale?
Mimi Yoon: This piece is a part of my recent Why Is The Moon So Sad series. The original is sold, but “Why Is The Moon So Sad 2” (right below) is available from the series here on 1xRUN.
1xRUN: What materials were used to create this piece?
Mimi Yoon: Acrylic and liquid gold leaf on linen.
1xRUN: When was the piece created and how long did it take to complete?
Mimi Yoon: It was painted in June 2013 and took me about two days to finish.
1xRUN: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Mimi Yoon: I was invited to participate in a gold leaf themed group show right around the time I started to entertain the idea of incorporating in my art a small glimpse of the beauty of Korean women from the past. So came the Why Is The Moon So Sad series and the use of liquid gold leaf.
1xRUN: What is unique about this piece?
Mimi Yoon: The tattoo of a koi and waves done in liquid gold leaf, and her eye.
1xRUN: Why should people buy this print?
Mimi Yoon: It’s a beautiful feeling to find beauty in something small and simple and one can make this piece of art that something small.
1xRUN: Describe the piece in one gut reaction word.
Mimi Yoon: Sensualsultryfeminineseductive.
1xRUN: Your work features countless sexy female figures, what draws you to painting these sultry figures time and time again?
Mimi Yoon: My girls are my own interpretations of ever so mysterious feminine beauty expressed in their forms and emotions… both tangible and intangible, simple and complex.
1xRUN: Do you use live models ever, and where do you draw your reference materials from typically?
Mimi Yoon: I’ve never used a model and rarely use references. All of the girls in my paintings were born somewhere between my heart and my brushes. I’d think using models and/or references would interfere with my creative process in conveying certain tangible and intangible emotions and moods. Usually, my ideas come very vaguely and randomly, then the rest happens once I have a brush in my hand.
1xRun: You have been staying crazy busy lately working on official stuff for DC Comics and The Powderpuff Girls, can you share some of the projects you’ve been up to?
Mimi Yoon: I’ve been so very lucky to have had the opportunities to do the projects for DC Comics and Cartoon Network in 2013. I’ve been told that I was the very first non-comic artist DC has approved for the fine art prints. I’ve painted the variant covers for the Power Puff Girls comic book, issue 6 (IDW) and Adventure Time mini series comic book, Candy Capers, issue 6 (BOOM) which will be released in February 2014. I also have painted one of the 20 featured prints the Adventure Time print collection book published by Abrams which will be release in march 2014.
1xRUN: How would you describe how your style has evolved throughout the years?
Mimi Yoon: Refined?
1xRUN: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Mimi Yoon: The last piece of art I bought was Dreaming of Happiness (mickey mouse) by Jeremiah Ketner at WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney.
1xRUN: Any recent or upcoming events you’d like to mention that we haven’t covered?
Mimi Yoon: In my 2014 schedule I have many group shows and a solo in Wrong Gallery in Taiwan in September which I’m very excited about. I also have been talking with Clampett Studios about doing more DC Comics pieces.