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Mixed Media on Canvas
Dimensions: 80cm(H) x 130cm(W) / 31.5"(H) x 51.2"(W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
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Lives and Works: Korea
Main Concept of my works:
My work is a landscape to depict an invisible space. “Invisible Space” could be a very small or very big space or an imaginary space. But, my space is too small for the human eye to see. For example, cell organizing human bodies or some part of nerve tissues. These things are my main motives.
I think this small space is a minimum unit to form the whole but, if we look into it and magnify it, the small space includes an enormously huge space. Therefore, my expressive space could be very small or very huge. Also there are a lot of similar forms between small spaces and huge spaces. A process of cell-division or organic movement of cells looks similar to a process of solar division and expansion, or movement of the Galaxy in a macroscopic space. Even though I express very small spaces in my pictures, huge spaces could be seen from them depending on the circumstances. So, the audience could see landscapes through a microscope, or pictures of a Galaxy or aerial photographs. Therefore, my concept is showing a very small and relatively huge space though landscape.
Description of recent works:
I have represented the subject related to my practice through a study of biology or physics in which the macro and micro space have similar patterns of movements.
Recently, my interest was drawn towards an ancient Hindu philosophy called the “Upanishads”. According to the Upanishads, the world is symbolized by two different concepts - one being ‘Brahman’ and the other ‘Atman’. The Brahman indicates the Universal spirit and it is absolute infinite existence and a basic essence of the cosmos. The Atman signifies an individual self and the soul of a living creature, in particular that of a human being. An intriguing point here is that in ancient India, people believed that the human body is connected with unparalleled cosmic significance and parts of the body are homologized with cosmic phenomena. Ultimately, the opposite factors are the same. I found this to be a very similar notion to my previous approach whereby two extremely opposite scales show similar patterns and images of movements or forms, and this is perfectly explained by the Upanishads.
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