Private Project

Sandys 2016

This Documentation Art piece is a video portrait of Sandy. The portrait of Sandy constantly transforms itself into six different figures that Sandy draw on her drawing book. The multiple images of Sandy eventually merged into a single painting, which is imperceptible if the audience sees only the final stage of painting. This transforms process can be seen as a pre-individual and impersonal event of becoming in Deleuzian transcendental aesthetics of sensation.

From the painting process, I created digital documentation consisting of 1321 digital pictures which captured each layer of the painting; 69 video clips of painting actions and conversations; and 73 audio clips which recorded the sounds of the painting process. The process of painting Sandys was restructured in a non-chronological way through the video and sound editing process.

  • Hyeyoung Maeng
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    10 hours
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Director Biography - Hyeyoung Maeng

Hyeyoung was born in South Korea, and earned a PhD degree in Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University. Her PhD research investigates the boundaries between painting and film, and explores the potentiality of digital documentation of the process of Korean Bunche painting as an independent fine art piece from the final stage of the painting. This practice also re-invent French philosopher Gilles Deleuze's theory of art as Transcendental Realism.

Hyeyoung earned a BFA and an MFA in Korean painting at Kyung Hee University, South Korea. After 10 years working experience as a practicing artist, she came to San Francisco in 2010 to study contemporary art at the San Francisco Art Institute. This trans-cultural experience led her to develop a new way of seeing everyday life, not through fixed identity and pre-existing categories, but rather infused with the notion of differenciation, and in search of truths as a process.

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Director Statement

This video project explores the boundaries between film and painting, and develops an original approach to the presentation of process. This practice makes painting’s invisible work visible, and reveals the normally hidden process of painting, a process which is imperceptible when audiences view only the final painting. “Documentation Art” is based on the practice of Bunche painting, which is Korean painting technique using powder pigments mixed with water glue on Korean paper in multiple layers. This project is related to the French philosopher, Gilles Deleuze’s process ontology, transcendental aesthetics of sensation, and Henri Bergson’s “theory of memory. As Deleuze writes, we are not defined by fixed ideas and selves, but set in motion in time with endless new changes. This digital documentation of the process of Bunche painting is associated with Deleuze’s “time-image” in relation to transcendental aesthetics.