I make paintings that embody placidity through a process of adding and subtracting from surface and materials. This acts as a physical manifestation of impermanence in Buddhism and the beauty of imperfection — values that come from the aesthetics of traditional Korean culture, and which lead to the pursuit of meditation.
In Korean culture, embracing imperfection means respecting nature by accepting natural forms. A state of imperfection proposes as a value the progressive search for a perfect, unreachable, state. Impermanence, an idea from Buddhism, states that nothing in this earth is ever free and everything always changes and alternates. One thing dissolves into another through a perpetual process of cause and effect. The characteristics of incompleteness and decay complete the painting and it takes on as subject the notion of incompleteness, which evokes in me the core spiritual practice of accepting impermanence.
Living within nature, I encounter its beauty everyday through collecting sands, rocks, leafs, and dusts. To keep the true state of beauty, With Hanji’s warmth and delicate texture, I seal the collected nature to keep in a precious manner. The act of sealing the collected nature is a daily practice of meditation, and each bookmark then becomes a daily record of my life to remember the moment of beauty I discover everyday. I seek to provide relaxing and serious moments within which both the viewer and I can meditate and be introspective. My work becomes a visual metaphor for my mind as it progressively searches for who I am, and thus achieves emotions such as serenity, relief, and peacefulness.