Performance artist Maria Yoon, is a first generation Korean-American. Calling herself ‘the voice of the unmarried Asian-American woman.’ Like many single women of a certain age, Maria felt a growing pressure to wed. So she took matrimony to the next level. She became Maria the Korean Bride, a woman to get married in all fifty states. She took this challenge to explore the institution of marriage and how marriage is seen in other cultures. She quickly learned to coordinate on the go weddings, with volunteer participants who are actual reverends, photographers, and bachelors across the country. Her 50th wedding took place in Times Square, NYC in 2013, concluding her nine year journey.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Maria lives and works in New York City. When not creating art, she is a Senior Educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Drawing inspiration from the Manhattan melting pot experience and her deep Korean cultural roots, her work has become a symbolic manifestation of the often fragmented fusion inevitably created when conflicting cultures collide. Although she was a painter, her work during the last decade became an increasingly multi-media and performance oriented, with a special emphasis on film.