My Artist Name 'Yoonett' reflects my persona, background and my aspirations. 'Yoo’ is a Korean Surname and the sound of the English word 'You'. 'Nett' sounds like "net” as in 'Network' and 'Internet’, a German adjective meaning 'nice'.
Yoonett is the artist’s persona of Christina Soo Ja Massey a Korean born international adoptee of German Nationality and upbringing.
Yoonett is a versatile artist, who derives inspiration from the interplay of personal trauma, cultural turmoil and identity search. Never quite fitting in and feeling incomplete. But believes that the beauty in life can bring out the beauty in people.
The previous career includes a BA Hon and Diploma in Social Work, a certificate in Social Project Management, social care work, workshops and project work and other volunteer work in a variety of work settings.
Since 2016 producing Yoonett Arts has become focus and vocation. Contributing to exhibitions and organising own exhibitions of Yoonett Artwork. Taking part in Artist collaboration, networks and workshops, as well as organising own workshops and events. Also working as an Artist at Project Ability in Reconnect a group of artists with mental health disabilities.
Yoonett Arts has a social media presence on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, DeviantArt and YouTube.
Artist of Survival
I am an International Adoptee and versatile artist.
Art has always been my tool for expressing and voicing my Thoughts and Emotions when Words are missing or insufficient. Art is my tool of survival.
Through a tragic event, an idea for a new creative project was born.
I am dedicating this project to my KAD friend and her son - both took their life, as a result of suffering from severe personal trauma. The Mother died at Age 29 about 20 years ago, leaving her son of 2 months old. The son died of suicide at the end of last year, at age 19.
Intergenerational Trauma has been fairly recently researched. There are some studies, that link a person's extremely traumatic experience with changes in their DNA. The trauma would be then passed on to the offspring genetically.
Now that I am again stricken by grief and bereavement, I feel the need to use my creative tools to work through my multiple trauma. I realised through all the Years of grief and bereavement, I have almost forgotten all my fond memories of my friend. I do not want this to happen with her son.
The project is an attempt to tell my life story and experience openly.
Engaging in a process of talking to my family, friend and International Adoptees to revive memories throughout my life, as well as those of my friend and her son.
I am endeavouring to raise awareness of international adoption issues and by speaking out hopefully support others.
While I am aware that it may be difficult to understand or digest the events in my life story, I thought of learning how to write a script like a playwright. Performing Art seems to make story-telling tangible.
I want to write a play that explores this tragedy and the reasons behind it, while also showing the beauty, strength and humanity of the people who are at the core of this story.
The play will be of course in honour of my friend, who was like me a Korean and International Adoptee and her son.
For more information or if you like to be a part of the project Überlebenskünstler – Artist of Survival Contact me.