55.0(H) × 13.0(W) × 13.0(D) in
Artificial Flowers, Cement, Dry Ice, and Plastic pots
The tower of flowerpot symbolizes the city's skyscraper built at the cost of nature. Inside each flowerpots filled with cements, artificial pieces of nature are displayed beautifully cut and preserved to suit human needs, layer upon layer. It is very ironic to push nature out to secure space for artificial buildings and bring it back into the very place they had kicked it out. The dry ice fog, which sometimes looks like smoke pollution and sometimes clouds from high-rise buildings, is the metaphor of industrialization.
19.0(H) × 39.0(W) × 3.0(D) in
Cardboard Box, Color Powder, Fishing Line, Plastic Wrap, and Toy Cart
In modern society, humans exploit nature. We never preserve it as it is. Humans develop it for their interests and take part of it and incorporate it as a part of a city. Nature has changed into something close to man, not nature itself. Humans destroyed and reduced nature for the purpose of civilization, but again created artificial nature such as roadside trees and flowerpot in pursuit of the beauties of nature. It is ironic that nature's image is commercialized as artificial flower and turf, green wallpaper, and tree-shaped ornaments become popular for interior use. For modern people, nature has become a commodity that can be spent partially and selectively.
7.0(H) × 95.0(W) × 50.0(D) in
Artificial Grass, Acrylic on Clay, and Mirrors
Modern civilization, with industrial development, has made human life convenient and rich, but could have been achieved by plundering from all lives except human beings. Natural destruction including climate change, environmental pollution has been threatening the lives of animals and plants and taken away their habitats. So far, human-caused disasters have led to the extinction of numerous plants and animals. It is still in progress, and the remaining plants and animals could be wiped out in the near future. Animals and plants that have become extinct in the 21st century such as Pyrenean ibex, Plectostoma sciaphilum, and Bramble cay melomys are remained as display items on artificial turf, and our reflection on the mirror is on the same lines as the extinct animals.
75.0(H) × 50.0(W) × 25.0(D) in
Barbed Wire and Vacuum Sealed Animal Dolls
Human beings who could have occupied the top position of the food chain due to their technological advances are 'protecting' animals in zoos with its wicked intentions to earn money for putting caged animals in show under the mask of protection. Why such a number of animals get mentally ill at the zoo, even when they live in an environment that is "artificially" created but similar to their original habitat? Most of people still cannot see the truth that is covered under the false justification of wild animal protection with emotional marketing of the zoos. Who are the zoos for?
90.0(H) × 75.0(W) × 10.0(D) in
Acrylic on Newspaper and Plastic Wrap
Human beings have achieved civilization at the cost of nature. Civilization has outgrown human being to be a third power and has started to harm both human beings and the nature. Both nature exploited by humans and the human beings oppressed by their ideology have long since they have lost their essence. Having lost their essence in the course of civilization, actors without characters-nature and human being-are dancing mindlessly.
37.0(H) × 26.0(W) in, 37.0(H) × 50.0(W) in
Black Marker on Wallpaper
Apartment prices rose ten times in ten years. Building ownership is one of the most popular dreams among Korean children. Owing a decent apartment is a top priority for average young people, which can only be achieved by saving monthly salary without spending a penny for 50 years. It is the logic of modern capitalism that imposed such a tremendous value to real estate and created obsession of home ownership at any cost. Laborers in this modern capitalist world are working harder and harder to get more houses and properties. “The Ground of Conquer” is the Korean version of “monopoly”. The masses of crosses used to express the working hours of repeated labor look like a densely populated area or representation of the lump of desire.
33.0(H) × 39.0(W) × 26.0(D) in
Charcoal on Paper
We need a house to live in. To buy a house, money is essential. We have to work in order to make money. Occupying few grids of several squares, we have to work on and on. Are humans born to work, or forced to work by the social norm? The lump of paper that occupies an area of land like a house is the result of my labor for 30 days during which I repeatedly drew grids using charcoal and stacked the crumpled papers like cementing. Is this a work I wanted or an output of my obsession for labor?
125.0(H) × 84.0(W) in
Erased and Scratched Photos
Our contemporaries are forced to adapt themselves to the society as it requires them to do. They feel a huge gap between their self-images of what they think and those of what others think. Do all the symbols of me really represent me? Am I looking at myself reflected by the social norms or my true self? The photos of my body parts taken by myself look very unfamiliar. I erased those parts that didn't seem like mine with eraser and knife.
41.0(H) × 54.0(W) in
Black Marker on Hanji
The vertical and horizontal grid in this piece symbolizes modern culture, norms, and ideology. Grid that represents culture suppresses life including human race. My ideal form of grid should not have any fixed form, nor be confined. It should not force, destruct, nor define anything. In an attempt to find ideal grid, I wanted to disband and redefine the original grid by tracing the line of buildings and landscapes. The result shows fluid and wide open unconstrained grid.
36.0(H) × 29.0(W) in, 21.0(H) × 18.0(W) in, 10.0(H) × 10.0(W) in
Acrylic, Fishing Line, Nails, Pencil, and Wire
The grid made out of transparent fishing line in this piece is shown unclearly, but it definitely symbolizes ideology that dominates the world. I applied shadow to break this. There are various types of wires representing human race, instinct, nature, or animal on this neat grid. Their shadows seek for change by penetrating the neat grid's shadow.
21.0(H) × 18.0(W) in / Duration: 1min
Acrylic on Panel, Hologram, Video, and 9 of A0 size papers (glued together)
Since the ancient times, Origami was used for incantation. In Korea, people often fold dozens of paper cranes to make their wish come true. The paper crane in this work symbolizes harmony and prey. Panting work represents mismatched world that mixes everything including mountain made of cement, sky and earth. The purpose of Origami is to make stereoscopic form, keeping square paper in itself without breaking, tearing apart, nor recombining. I wish the world to be a place where nature and human species stop destroying themselves and interfering with each other and harmonize as they are.
47.0(H) × 47.0(W) × 12.0(D) in
Cement, Color Powder, Light, and Mirror Ball
For human and nature to have a symbiotic relationship, they must respect their territory. Everything should be placed where they belong, and the balance must be maintained. For the ideal balance, I made an object of mountain-house form, painting each side in color of cement and nature and arranging in a shape of spiral as a meaning of restoration and return. The mirror ball represents our planet Earth, and the audience look themselves through the mirror. Lights coming out from the below of the object that takes the form of house symbolize hope and harmony between civilization and nature.
1 min 10sec
Black Lipstick, Paper and Plastic
50 people were asked to describe what they want for the world by leaving lipstick marks on the prepared paper where grids are drawn. Everyone delivered their respective wishes for the world but I could not listen nor read them. However the grids that has been converged were transformed into the visual signs to create huge energy of hopes. I dressed white acts as a spokesperson for the planet Earth and the actor in his black dress tells her what he wishes as a spokesperson for all the living things including human beings and animals during their performance art.
21.5(H) × 31.0(W) in
Fabric and Plaster
The desire to achieve anything is symbolized as hand. You can catch, hold, force anything with hands. However, I made these greedy hands to only stroke, not grab or chase in this performance. The performance went along with using purpose-built score based on reinterpreting cuneiform character from a tablet related to one of the oldest music, Sumer anthem. It was shot in a way of time exposure.