Holly Williams for Art-Sheep
Strongly symbolic and undoubtedly surrealistic, the self portraits of Korean Ahn Sun Mi, may puzzle with their peculiar appearance. The artist plays with the image of the human body and of the self, in order to convey the complex nature of every individual, the significance of pain, change and introspection, that one must undergo in order to personally develop.
Influenced by her personal experience of going away from home to study in a foreign land, Ahn Sun Mi became interested in metamorphosis in Paris and that is why a lot of her portraits display the theme of the cocoon in various manifestations. Bodies with multiple arms and faces, chimneys smoking on a human chest and a cactus enclosing the artist’s body are only some of her unique, allegorical works.