‘Japanese Woman’

This week’s blog post comes from Emily Albers, the Art Director for Periphery 57. She discusses the piece ‘Japanese Woman’ by Agnes Jung that was featured in Periphery 56. The Periphery Blog is a blog about writing, narrative, art, and everything in between.

Artist Agnes Jung did not just deliver in her incredible line art and coloring for “Japanese Woman”, but in her ability to create a piece open to storytelling. 

What first caught my attention in this piece was the woman’s gaze. Unlike a traditional portrait, this woman is sitting very relaxed, with a look in her eye like she knows something the viewer doesn’t. Her traditional, red getup also juxtaposes the scenery around her, offset in blue. Her smirk and the bottles around her make me want to be in on the secret. 

From the artist’s bio:

Agnes Jung is attending an international school in Seoul, South Korea. Her inspiration comes from the people and places in her daily life. She also admires the director Wong Kar Wai and his use of color.

Looking at Jung’s work next to her favorite director’s work, I can see her inspiration. Kar Wai makes many artistic choices that reflect a similar atmosphere as “Japanese Woman”, such as block coloring and character posture.

I wanted to touch briefly on Jung because she is also one of several international submissions Periphery 56 received! We are incredibly excited that our Art and Literature Journal is reaching people all over the world. The fall submission window for Periphery 57 opens September 1st. We are so excited to see what you all send our way for the newest edition!

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