« Kitchen Math » is my reflection on the time and effort spent working in the kitchen on daily basis. I wanted to translate into art objects that reflect the quality and quantity of work conducted in the kitchen.
Blessings III is a collection of artworks and poems that reflect the inner landscape of a woman undergoing an identity shift from an artist to a mother. The six titles of poems represent the phases or stages of an emotional transformation. The images corresponding to twelve months of the year are rendered in an elemental language of repeating motifs and colour.
7 Copies were created by hands of KimyiBo in 2017.
12 images were made with copper plates using etching and aquatint, and printed on Hahnemühle 300g. The original plate measures 101⁄2 inches by 12 inches.
6 poems were handwritten and printed by silkscreen on antique paper found in wooden drawers at l’Atelier GE Gravure.
Blessings II is a study of applying colors to tessellation. The installation consists of sheets of double-sided paper tiles tessellated in a three dimensional space. Each tile has crosshatched-line-patterns on one side and color wash on the opposite side. Line patterns are printed in three layers of different colors using screen printing. A total of 144 tiles display 144 different combinations of color. Each tile is made of four octagonal shapes, which can also be viewed as the projection of a hyper cube (a four dimensional cube.)
On the other side of the paper I coat the surface with color wash. Many layers of thin washes were applied to achieve a desired color. I used soy emulsion as a binding medium for dry pigments, as it gives a subtle warmth to the colors. By suspending pigments in multiple transparent layers I can make rich and deep colors. This technique allows me to create a range of colors gradually shifting in chromatic and achromatic values with only four pigments, which are black, yellow, magenta, and cyan.
“Blessings” is the title of a project I conducted between the year 2010 and 2017. It is composed of three parts, and each part employs a different medium; the first being a series of etching, the second an installation of silk-screened patterns on paper, and an the third an artist book.
Blessings I is made of twelve monochromatic prints made with etching and aquatint. The series explores the space as a structure of forces. Tessellation, which simply means tiling of repeating shapes, constructs space in movement. I choose patterns intuitively in consideration of the gestalt, or the overall impression of the image that I try to achieve. Through repetition and change of patterns, I try to create a sense of dynamic equlibrium.
January ~ December, Etching, aquatint, 40 cm x 50 cm
july august september
Thomas Edison High School
Relationship that Changes me
Almost two decades ago when I decided to pursue the life of an artist, I was given the task to create a body of work that is about me. I was free to choose any method, any issue. It seemed natural for me to start with the most basic question: What does it mean to be alive?
In those early days my questions were existential, my images sentimental and biological. My thesis exhibition for my first MFA in Korea, entitled “Relationship that changes me,” was a reflection on relationships as a basic requirement for life to exist.
My interest in living things shifted from the ontological to the phenomenological. I became fascinated by how movement can be portrayed in two dimensional media. I looked at Robert Delaunay, Futurism, and Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude descending a staircase No.2.” These works have a common feature, in that they use repetition as a visual code to create an illusion of movement. Inspired, I started experimenting with repetitive motifs and gradation of colour.