Mija explores the tension between the abstract and figurative body, the masculine and the feminine and different generations, to illustrate symbols of power and vulnerability. Her work is feminist, fluid, and accepting. It’s a physiological hallucination caused by how she has been treated as an exotic Asian woman. Mija’s paintings empower her to declare independence. As an Asian immigrant woman living in America, she is perceived as an outsider, exotic, and diminished. Mija’s work depicts non-binary people in places of many colors and explores how gender roles are defined, in comparison to social norms.
Glamor Grandma, 2021, oil on linen, 36" x 48"
Painter, Mija Jung lives in New York. Her education began at Hong ik university and later at Rutgers University. After experimenting with digital manipulation, she returned to painting. She interviews people connected to her historical background to research her future gender identity politics. She shows her work internationally in numerous gallery exhibitions such as New York Arts Center, Robert Miller Gallery, Socrates Sculpture Park. Hyundai Gallery, Seoul; Kwanhoon Gallery. Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Galerie Nord, Berlin; Galerie ARTQ13, Rome, to name a few. She is a recipient of the Ellis Elizabeth Scholarship, United States, as well as MBC Grand Art Award Korea.