Jesuuna is an artist and photographer based in Seoul, South Korea. Her background in architecture influences the way she approaches her work. She is interested in the de-sexualisation of the human body, especially through the female gaze. The usage of abstract art and bold colours evoke the most elementary feelings of existence; human forms become sculptures, and the world an open space for experimentation.
How did the idea for the series come about?
In the morning I received a call from a dear friend that she was in deep malaise. By night, I’m by her side, replacing damp towels on her forehead. I asked to take photos of her, and she obliged. We shot these on a humid afternoon, and I was inspired by colours of the peach—pale yellows, soft browns, and a tint of green.
Can we photograph the female body in a more powerful way?
We can by taking charge of the narrative instead of submitting to it, by portraying women as whoever they want to be.
How would you define beauty?
Beauty exists when one believes it.
“Ideas often manifest from complex dreams, past experiences, and situations where I am able to feel raw emotions to their fullest.“
What inspires you and what makes you happy?
Ideas often manifest from complex dreams, past experiences, and situations where I am able to feel raw emotions to their fullest. On the contrary, simple things make me happy: doughnuts, a full moon, and good company.
Film or digital?
Mainly film because you have more control, but digital when necessary.
Lastly, what’s next for you?
A few projects are in the works, including photo, writing, and collaborations with other artists. As always, I am seeking models for my projects.