IF YOU WERE AN illusion,
May my painting be something different from me,
even if it is too far to get close to what could never be. – Artist’s statement, December 2008
A stage is a place that draws a sharp contrast between the existence of darkness and light.
A stage artificially sealed and filled with darkness stimulates the audience’s senses through the effects of light. Light and darkness convey a tragicomedy of life to the audience by enacting endless conflicts and reconciliations. The images that I create gradually grow and link themselves to one another in the form of a play, substitutes for me constantly living through the abyss of life.
My previous images took the form of ‘condensation’, but they now take the form of ‘diffusion’.
This started with my establishing a relationship between ‘figure’ and ‘ground’. This relationship creates both a distinction between the two concepts, as well as a state of co-participation in one another.
Looking inwardly, one goes through a process of tension and division, followed by an affirming and a protecting of oneself. One fights with aggressors while building up a common denominator of understanding with protectors. My eyes have searched deeply in this inward way, but are now more actively and outwardly directed, wanting to reveal presence.
The figure depicted in my recent work could be a head, or just an outgrowth of a living being.
Starting from an oval, it became covered with sprawling lines. Like a single cell, it composes a story in every picture, sometimes connected to other things, sometimes alone.
My work is, after all, a process of seeking the image of a living being that could replace me. It is also intended to reveal the reality that I feel and experience. Dream is created by reality, and reality is developed by dream. To live the abyss of life is not to lean to one side, but to strike a balance in between. Painting is, to me, a part of the life process, but also a way of life. It is a way of seeking the mind’s eye.
Edited by Hyo-min Park, J.P. Zukauskas