Photography is the main genre of creative expression Koo Seong Youn takes on to portray, realistically, the form and shape of everyday objects. Her themes include such transient, easily-overlooked things like pop corns, butterflies and plants, which are at the same time very representative of the spice of life. Not only are the fine attributes of life exhibited in Koo's works; the artist seeks to ruminate about the nature and essence of life, as well as the characteristics and signs of times, through these imageries. ht01; ht02 and c01Fc02 (Lot 1696 & Lot 1697) belong to the most recent candies series that began in 2009. Colorful candies, pieced together, become the blomssomy paeonia. The rich, vivid colors of the candies intimate the ever-changing fashions and the various kinds of materialistic desire for consumptions that characterize capitalist society. What is with capitalism has been the graphic, the advertisement; they engender the lust for consumption, which drives ceaseless productions and further consumptions. The candies of Koo, too, are as vibrant as those imaginary and artificial articles. With their almost infinite variations, Koo's colors are, like the capitalist graphics, remarkably appealing to the eyes. The works of Koo are both a metaphor of times and an exploration of traditional Koearn value through the maneuver of trendy imageries. In the Korean culture paeonia is highly symbolic. They represent the gentle, graceful character of females and the common hope for materialistic prosperity. The symbolization of paeonia is even more obvious in the traditional Korean wedding; the bride is given paeonia by her mother, who put into the paeonia her wish for the daughter's blessful life and rosy future. Similarly, ordinary Korean furnishings and costumes are often decorated with the paeonia motif, which, again, is a palpable expression of the Korean culture. By dressing the paeonia in artifically-colored candies, Koo Seongyoun seems to be reflecting on the fragility of hopes and traditions - wishes always denied, customary value changes, perpetually taken over by new, modern trends. Her works, while displaying a visual charm, embed an underlying theme that calls for deep contemplation.