Desert Walk Series
Photo & video, Current Project //
More about making of the Walk Project on Instagram @ januaryyoonchoart
The Walk Project explores the connection with our environments through video, photography, drawing and performance. The project features America’s diverse desert landscapes with superimposed digital drawings of various biological forms over the image of myself walking.
In five years of making, The Desert Walk Series features 23 different desert locations from Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico. The Desert Walk Series is the first installment of The Walk Project. It is comprised of 14 prints and a video with overlaid animated graphics. The Desert Walk is the first installment of The Walk Project. The Water Walk Series is currently work in progress.
The Desert Walk Video (1 min excerpt)
– Total duration: 4 min 47 sec, Audio: yes
– Walk performance and video by Yoon Cho
– Music by Faten Kanaan
The project explores the cycle of life and the co-existence of humankind with our surroundings. The artist takes photographs and videos of herself walking in different locations. These scenes include; a coal power plant in the sacred land of Navajo Nation, the ever moving sand dunes collaborating with the wind, and the snow like white salt flat of a dried lake in Death Valley. After editing photographs and videos, Cho creates drawings of biological life forms to develop a narrative. The drawings of plant cells, pollen, reproductive organs, embryos, and skeletons tell a story of interconnection with the earth.
The representational and imaginative drawings echo the scientific evidence and explore whimsical imagination. The simplicity of the white silhouettes with line drawings of suggestive details allows me to construct a story without taking away from the beauty of the landscapes in the picture. Distinguished from the photographic background, the graphic symbols become a seed and potentiality for a new tale.
The artist’s personal journey from a difficult pregnancy to motherhood encourages her to look closer at the relationship between the biological life forms and their habitats. The Walk Project encapsulates beauty, destruction, and preservation of the land we live in.