In Blooming, a portrait series by artist and BFA Communication alumna Yuni Kim Lang, nature and coiffure merge into an expansive landscape representing their creator’s exploration of identity.
Lang’s work often unites live performance and dramatic hairpieces that recall the Korean gache—an elaborate and aesthetically pleasing if unwieldy wig. In one piece, a performer lies in a public space wearing one of Lang’s sculptures, Comfort Hair, which she then sheds like a
reptile ridding herself of a skin, suggesting the nature of identity as something that constantly grows and evolves.
When asked how she came to her signature visual motif, Lang says, “I fantasize about my hair; it stands in for my cultural identity, which is an evolving organism that continues to grow and prosper. Hair is always personal, and my work is definitely very personal.” Lang goes on to explain that her work is framed by both cultural identity and self-identity. A “third culture kid,” she was born in South Korea and grew up in China, attending an American international school there, before moving to the United States. Since then, she’s been on a mission to create her own identity through a meditative artistic process. Her creative journey has resonated with audiences the world over: Lang’s artwork has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in spaces including the Frost Art Museum (Miami, Florida), John Michael Kohler Art Center (Sheboygan, Wisconsin), BLINDSIDE (Melbourne, Australia), and Galerie Marzee (Nijmegen, the Netherlands).