Pairing an image of a shirt with an individual’s obituary, Innocence in Silence portrays the traces of a body and the memory of a personhood. Once used as an expression of individuality and a representation of self, the images and descriptions now remain as a relic and history. It is a reminder of the ultimate vacancy of our body, the influence of perception and the idea of an identity to encourage the reflection of one’s intention in life.
Jieun Beth (b. Texas, 1987) was born in the U.S. and grew up in South Korea, Canada, and France; living in twelve different cities and growing up with diverse influences motivated her artistic direction. She graduated with her MFA in Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and received her BFA in Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009. She explores the idea of Personal identity and examines the influence of the body, memory and transience of life on the understanding of one’s identity.
In 2017, her works have been part of multiple group shows nationally and internationally, including New York City, Austin, and Bulgaria. Her collaborative public art project, "The Dwelling", was fulfilled by the City of Austin’s Culture Alive grant at the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, TX and the project will be relocated in Colorado Spring, CO in 2018. Her upcoming Solo shows will be held at the Czong Institute of Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea, Midland Community College in Midland, TX and at the ARTFICAT gallery in New York, NY.