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The Dreamtime by So Yoon Lym

The Dreamtime by So Yoon Lym

See the entire series here.

From a technical perspective, painting hair is famously difficult, but I love the control and precision of these works by artist So Yoon Lym that equate the textures and 'landscape' of the braids to the landscape of history, spirituality, and earth's physical geography. She writes:

The Dreamtime is inspired by the Aboriginal stories and visions of creation. Each braided pattern ... is a map of the ancient universe, a topographical palimpsest of the world in pattern: valleys, mountains, forests, oceans, rivers, streams. The painter and the hair-braider lay down their marks like their predecessor creator beings, carving and inscribing, creating and being, in turn, created by their labor.

More information can be found at the artist's website, soyoonlym.com.

---Kate

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Detail: John McLaughlin

Detail: John McLaughlin

One by: Tunni Kraus

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