While my ongoing subject matter has been nature in immediate surroundings in a realistically styled painting, this new body of work presents more conceptual abstraction in mixed media. The concept was developed by experimenting with painted mulberry paper that had been abandoned from previous projects (abundant around my studio!) With a background in textile design, I have an affinity for patterns and textures. I started to build stories by connecting small pieces of colors and textures into new pieces.
This body of work is inspired by the phenomenal cycle of nature and the interaction between different natural elements. It particularly explores the meaning of brokenness that is necessary for growth and new life. I often find myself trying to identify simple truth and wisdom from nature. In the work process, it was fascinating to find that each small pieces of paper had its own place to function and to fulfill the life of the new piece, with its color, texture and pattern.
The materials, used for the work, are mostly hand-made Korean mulberry paper, sumi ink, and gold (acrylic paint, gold-leaf, and gold thread). My palette is limited to the natural color of each of these materials. Both the fragrance of the ink and the texture of the paper powerfully pull me back to my roots in Korea and Asian culture and art.