March 9, 2024 - March 30, 2024

Young-Ji Cha

Dear My Dead (Gallery III)

Opening Reception with the Artist(s): Saturday, March 9, 2024 6:00-10:00pm

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‘Dear My Dead
(Gallery III)

Thinkspace Projects is thrilled to welcome Young-Ji Cha back for her sophomore solo exhibition with us. With ‘Dear My Dead’, Cha continues to develop her universe and cast of characters that showcase underlying tropes of morality, life, and death.

Artist Statement:
‘Dear My Dead’ is a series I started with wishing for a way to deliver a message to loved ones who have passed. I wanted to create images where I could express to them how their families are doing and send them their favorite foods along with having one last drink with them. Translating death into images of my little world was my way of mourning and it lifted a lot of pure sadness when I thought of them. The process of creating this series helped me to remember them with joyful memories and believe that they are comfortably waiting for me on the other side until it’s time. I hope these paintings can be relatable to others who are missing their loved ones and bring some comfort to them as they did for me.

About the artist:
Young-Ji Cha was born in Seoul, Korea, and currently works in Los Angeles, California. She started her training in classical fine arts and later in illustration. Her recent works are inspired by traditional Korean elements, folktales, and various forms of animation. Within her paintings lies various characters which often are juxtaposed against a thin line between reality and fantasy. Although the themes are seemingly whimsical in nature, they showcase underlying tropes of morality, life, and death.

Besides freelance illustration and gallery art, Young-Ji Cha also works with various studios within the animation industry as a visual development artist.