Formation in the Abstract

Jiyoo Jye

Cindara , 2017, oil on canvas, 30” x 30”

Cindara, 2017, oil on canvas, 30” x 30”

Maiasaura , 2017, oil on canvas, 48” x 36”

Maiasaura, 2017, oil on canvas, 48” x 36”

Univalve , 2017, oil on canvas, 36” x 24”

Univalve, 2017, oil on canvas, 36” x 24”


I paint abstract forms that depict transformative states within the organic and visceral. Gathering inspiration from a vast array of anatomical, embryological, and phyto-morphological concepts, I composes vibrant, hectic, and at times grotesque imagery of these dissonant poly-hybrids. As bubbles percolate in hidden crevices and vertebrae-like columns outline bulbous cocoons, some shape or form begins to molten, unknowing and apathetic towards its design. Yet, the imperceivable inertia suggests there is a critical, teleological intent behind its desperate formation in the abstract.


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Jiyoo Jye

Jiyoo Jye is a design coach at NuVu Innovation School, an award-winning learning space for middle and high school students whose pedagogy is based on the architectural studio model and geared around multidisciplinary, collaborative projects. Ji has a Master's in Design Studies from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, with a concentration in Art, Design and the Public Domain. Ji was born in Seoul, S. Korea and is fluent in her native language. She is a certified open water scuba diver and an avid snorkler who loves the sea. In fact, a lot of her paintings are inspired by the movement of water. She enjoys letterpress and bookbinding projects as well as silkscreening, film photography and other darkroom processes. For more, visit her website, Sweetish Segment, and listen to a recent podcast interview from Getting Simple. To get in touch, contact