궁모란병(宮牡丹屛), Gung Morando Court Painting
일월오봉병(日月五峯風), Il Wol Obongdo Court Painting
Digital Print on Rice Paper, 2020
During the Korean dynastic kingdom, court paintings on folding screens were used to decorate the palace rooms to represent the royal family's authority and majesty. The most prominent one was the one used by the King (below left), a painting symbolizing that the King is the ruler of the world. The other one, often used by the queen (below right) or during marriage ceremonies, had bouquets of peonies that represented wealth and prosperity as the bearer of the next king.
The most famous story about these peony court painting is from the very first female king of Korea, Seondeok of Silla (632-647 AD). Seondeok was gifted with a painting of peonies from Taizong, the Emperor of China at the time. Although not intentional, she thought of the painting as an insult because the painting did not have any butterflies drawn. She thought it symbolized that she was a beauty without scent, mocking her unmarried status at the time and her lack of ability to bear a child.
I have created by own version of 'Gung Morando' by carefully modeling each petal in 3D and have drawn back the butterflies that were missing in Seondeok's peony paintings.
Clearing After Mt. Inwang (AR project)
UV printing on rice paper, 2020
'Clearing After Mt. Inwang' (인왕제석도) is a pioneering traditional landscape painting originally produced in 1951 by Jeong Seon. It is also the 216th National Treasure of Korea. By recreating this valuable painting with photographs taken during my new life in Switzerland, the work aims to talk about the misinterpretation of traditions and culture that happens between the younger and older generations, and how certain traditions should be reconsidered in our generation.
In traditional Korean folklore, the goblin is a figure with various abilities and power; in one famous folklore, the main character finds a goblin hat that allows him to become invisible when worn. Using the goblin's mask as a symbolic reference back to this original story, I am portraying my experience as a child where I had learned the ability to become 'invisible' at certain social spaces. The viewer can use the AR app installed in the iPad to navigate around the painting and discover different 3D recreation of myself performing different female roles along with the discovery of the goblin mask from the original folklore.
UV printing on plexiglass, binding with metal hinge, 2020
19th Century landscape painters used to carry around a tinted, convex mirror called Claude-glass in an effort to flatten the landscape they are looking at to produce realistic paintings. Our new generation, on the other hand, use different 3-dimensional softwares such as google maps to spatially experience the landscape without physically being present. By exploring the physicality of printed images in a form of a book, a single image of the Matterhorn mountain in Switzerland has been expanded and recreated into a sculptural object. Each individual page is a collage of the original photograph and the rendered recreation of the original image in 3D software.
Seoul Materials_Sally X Jisan
Corrugated iron, Wood, Acrylic, Paint, Pipe, Scaffolding Clamp, Photographic Print, 2020
Mainly inspired by the materials often found in the landscape of Euljiro, an industrial area of Seoul, product designer Jisan and photographer Sally collaborated in producing five unique pieces (tables, stool, divider, and a lamp) using corrugated iron roofs and scaffolding pipes as the main material. The above images taken show the process and final product of their collaborative experience in Euljiro.