Meet: Youhjung of The Art RX
Hi, nice to meet you!
Tell us about yourself and what you create.
I’m a fluid painter and art therapist working in NYC. My paintings are abstract and they embody a sense of flow and peace. The process I go through to make them is all about letting go - it’s therapeutic for me and I hope others feel similarly when they see my work.
What was your AHA moment?
My AHA moment happened when I was struggling as an art therapist. I had a deep unsatisfied feeling in me that I couldn’t get rid of even though I was doing what I felt like I was meant to do - art therapy - that is, until I found fluid painting. And then I knew I needed to create art myself instead of just helping others. I also saw that painting for myself also was a gift to others.
Where do you draw your energy and inspiration from?
My inspiration and energy comes from within me, although I wouldn’t say it’s “me.” Most times, I get into a state of alignment, of flow, before or during painting. I set aside rigid rules or ideals, my resistances, my struggles and then something wonderful flows out when I let go. Being in nature helps me with this.
What are you go-to’s as far as podcasts, books or blogs?
I love taking in things that either ground me or expand my thoughts and of who I am. To ground myself, I always go back to Pema Chodron’s books or A Course in Miracles. These days I’m deeply into how to think abundantly, rather than believing in scarcity and lack, so I’m enjoying Abraham Hicks’ Ask and It is Given.
What is the most challenging part of running your business?
I’d love to do it all day, everyday. However, I am juggling a day job at the same time being my own business owner so that challenges me to wear a ton of hats.
What is your favorite part of running your business?
Painting, painting, and painting and sharing it. Can I call it a business? It feels weird.
What is the best advice that has been given to you?
Don’t try to do too much. Get out of your own way and things will flow.
It’s a lesson that has come up again and again, and it’s what my paintings are here to remind everyone of.
What is your favorite thing about the handmade community?
I adore the makers and their belief and dedication to themselves, the people around them, and to earth. And have you seen their stuff? Holy moly I want all.
Who are some people you admire or look up to in this community?
In truth, I look up to each and everyone in the circle for their bravery to be in-tune with themselves and their surroundings. We need more of that. I especially admire Melody Fulone because she’s also a juggler like me.
If you could work on that one dream project, what would it be?
Can I say what I’m doing right now is my dream project? I believe it has always been my hidden ( - not so obvious but actually obvious) dream to be a painter. But if I were to dream even bigger, I would build a cob house that’s open for anyone to come and experience what it is like to be/live in a handmade, earthen home and create things like paintings or ceramics.