Rahee Yoon – Exploring Tradition Through Craft with her ‘Ancient Brown’ Series

Rahee Yoon is a Seoul-based designer and artist whose passion for crafting has resulted in some truly ingenious works. Her pieces are defined by the unique subtlety and composition imbued in each creation, and her materials are raw, but the results are erratic yet pleasing visuals.

She takes a boundary-transcending approach towards her art, expressing herself in a simple and reticent manner. Yoon is an expert in metalwork, textile, ceramics, and woodworking and works in collaboration with special engineers in Seoul and small workshops across Korea. Rahee Yoon’s artworks are highly aesthetic objet d’arts that reflect her highly creative and intuitive nature.

Yoon’s ‘Ancient Brown’ series is a unique exploration of a traditional Korean lacquer technique named ‘Ottchil’. The artist uses lacquer tree sap as a material which produces a subtle brown hue when applied to the surface.

Minimalist artist Rahee Yoon creates beautiful minimalist sculptures
Ancient Brown I, 2019, Ottchil on acrylic, 7 x 5 x 13(h) cm
Minimalist artist Rahee Yoon creates beautiful minimalist sculptures
Ancient Brown I, 2019, Ottchil on acrylic, 7 x 5 x 13(h) cm
Minimalist artist Rahee Yoon creates beautiful minimalist sculptures
Ancient Brown, 2019

As the material is applied, the brown color becomes increasingly clearer, deepening over time. With the transparent material, a light will allow the viewers to pictorially observe the color slowly blossoming.

Through the work, audiences are able to transcend time, finding themselves in the same brown tones that have been used for 2000 years. With the ‘Ancient Brown’ series, Rahee Yoon showcases her unique approach to craftsmanship, and her ability to interpret traditional techniques through her own creative vision.

© Photography by Sooin Jang

Minimalist artist Rahee Yoon creates beautiful minimalist sculptures
Ancient Brown II, 2022, Ottchil on acrylic, 30 x 22.5 x 53(h) cm
Minimalist artist Rahee Yoon creates beautiful minimalist sculptures
Ancient Brown III, 2022, Ottchil on acrylic, 36 x 33 x 38(h) cm
As the material is applied, the brown color becomes increasingly clearer, deepening over time.
Ancient Brown II, 2022, Ottchil on acrylic, 30 x 22.5 x 53(h) cm
Minimalist artist Rahee Yoon creates beautiful minimalist sculptures
Ancient Brown I, 2022, Ottchil on acrylic, 7 x 5 x 13(h) cm
The artist uses lacquer tree sap as a material which produces a subtle brown hue when applied to the surface.
Ancient Brown II & Ancient Brown III, 2022, Ottchil on acrylic, 30 x 22.5 x 53(h) cm, 36 x 33 x 38(h) cm
Minimalist Art: Ancient Brown, 2019
Ancient Brown, 2019

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