contrail ; 비행운 – By Ji Yeon Yu

contrail [kon-treyl]
1. another name for vapor trail
2. A white line of water vapor left in the sky by an airplane, a rocket, or a missile.



Packing and unpacking two huge carriers.  
Spending long time to reach very short pleasant moments.  
Getting used to being alone and saying goodbye to others.

It has been over 9 years.
Staying in 2 different countries made me confuse.


– Ji Yeon Yu



Sometimes I felt lonely. Sometimes I felt abandoned.  
I always thought that I do not belong anywhere.  
I always questioned myself, who am I?  

To find myself,
I thought I must be different from others.
I thought I must find a specific place to belong.
But it was not. I am still me.  

My life is like a contrail; a cloud created by temperature differences of airplane’s engine.
Even though the temperature differences exist, these create “one result,” the contrail. It is the same to me.  
Even if I have been living in two different countries over 9 years, I am just who I am. No matter where I go or stay.



Ji Yeon Yu is an emerging visual artist who currently lives in New York.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Photography in Pratt Institute.  Rooted experiences both in America and Korea, her artworks include various themes such as cultural norms, environments and language differences.  However, the biggest inspiration of her artworks is her family, who always give love and support. Since she has studied abroad from 14-year-old, her bonding and intimacy with her family are very strong.  She tries to approach herself to record mundane and ordinary moments in two different countries; America and Korea that anyone can experience, but expresses in a different way.  Also, she always pushes herself to achieve her best on fine arts areas. 

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All images and text © Ji Yeon Yu