Remember that shot in Garden State where Zach Braff stares at us slash his bathroom mirror with those intensely vacant eyes, camouflaged against the room’s wallpaper by that questionable button-down? Or Gotye and Kimbra’s music video for possibly the most heart-wrenching, overplayed song of 2011? Well, now South Korean makeup artist Dain Yoon is channeling those same illusionary effects, but with much more entrancing results. (Snapchat copycats, move along.)
Yoon, a senior at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, uses watercolors and makeup to transform her facial features and body parts into mind-bending works of art. From Baroque wall clocks to cloudy skies, Yoon blends herself into her surroundings with incredible skill — and without the use of Photoshop. She also dabbles in performance art, once disguising her entire form as a garden wall. The 22-year-old’s mind-boggling talents have earned her over 29,000 Instagram followers to date.
Yoon’s inspiration comes from both film and daily life. She considers visual illusion a way to capture individuals’ “multidimensional perspectives that humans possess” — and put her own multidisciplinary gifts to good use. “I have discovered that different people resonate different first impressions, and those change as I study them,” she told Refinery29. “In the same way that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, I realized that what I see on the surface doesn’t cover every perspective.”
The goal of her overlapping pieces is to give viewers some enjoyment and allow them to “forget their worries for a couple of seconds.” Mission accomplished, we’d say. Scroll down to further admire the surrealist’s incredible slight of hand, and prepare to seriously trip out.
[ via Cosmopolitan ]