- Cut, 2022
- Mirror, led panel
Jinseon Chon (b. 1991, South Korea) is a multi-medium artist currently based in London, whose artistic journey emerged from a deeply personal struggle. Acknowledging the social context of his homeland, South Korea, which has grappled with high suicide rates, Chon has experienced self-harm since 2009 as a reflection of societal challenges within the country. Seeking liberation from the weight of self, Chon started to scratch away his own image reflections on the mirrors. However, something profound occurred during this process—an unexpected healing unfolded. Art became Chon's sanctuary, a place where he could mend his wounds. The mirror, an impartial and revealing medium, never lies. It serves as a reflection not only of the artist but also of the environment in which it exists. Chon's art invites viewers to engage in profound self-reflection, self-awareness, or even self-erasure, contemplating the materiality of mirrors and the inherent dignity they embody in the presence of his reflective artworks. As the cuts and scars are shared and unveiled, a transformative healing process ensues. The scratches on Chon's mirrors no longer represent a desperate escape, but rather a cathartic release of painful memories. Through his art, Chon has harnessed a transformative power, transcending adversity and finding inner peace.