With heightened color, dramatic compositions and a multiplicity of visual textures, Mae Jeon creates computer manipulated images whose subject mat- ter is an icon of organic beauty - the flower. Surreal and stylish, Jeon’s images incorporate the sensuality of the flower, as captured by artists such as Georgia O’Keefe and Imogen Cunningham, into fantastical abstractions within whimsically synthetic environments. In contrast- ing the naturalness of her subject matter with the highly digital medium used in its depiction, Jeon calls attention to the eternal question of the real vs. the unreal, and of the complex relationship of technology with nature. In an incipiently digital world, Jeon’s appreciation of the colorful floral splendor found in wildlife through a technological language is contemporarily appropriate.
Having worked as a graphic designer in Tokyo, Seoul and New York, Jeon used her intense feel- ings of displacement while living in unfamiliar surroundings as inspiration for her art. The frailty of flowers, she explains, represents an analogous delicacy of the emotions. She uses vivid color to convey meaning - electric hues of red communi- cate emotional torment, cool blues a sense of iso- lation, candy pinks the sweetness of hope. Digitalized textures add layers of diverse detail while drawing the image into a single graphic plane where only the most untouched natural forms break the picture surface’s visual equilibri- um.
Jeon was born in Seoul, Korea, where she received a BS and MFA in graphic and advertising design. While working as a designer in Seoul and Tokyo, she also practiced painting and exhibited her works in both cities. In 1976, she moved to the United States and began work as a freelance designer, wherein she discovered a passion and talent for digital art. She has displayed her art in numerous solo, group and juried exhibitions in New York City. In recent years Jeon has received several awards for her work and been featured in publications such as “Art New England,” “The Korea Times, New York,” and the “Encyclopedic Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art.” Her work is produced with a giclee printing method, a high quality archival process that pro- duces a matte finish with photographic resolution.
- Artispectrum Vol. 13. 2004