“In this work, I expressed the filling and emptying and the circulation of nature and civilization through the medium of clockwork. Cogwheel in Chinese characters (胎葉) is made up with ‘胎’ which means pregnancy, and ‘葉’ which means leaves. It means a frame bearing the life just as leaves made to give life to trees........ I found the answer of tooth of time as awe from the reconciliation between nature and civilization. The beauty of awe is that it grows with age. Awe needs patience and it is the victory over time.. It is the opposite of destruction. It can be said as completion.”
It is a part of artist’s journal. The spiral wound clockwork is the symbol of life that gives life to things. It moves as if it were alive when it was wound but it arrives at death when it is fully unwound. What is allowed to human beings is the finite life until being unwound completely. Nature gets it back without puss. Therefore, existence and non-existence and to be and not to be is the different sides of the same thing. The artist calls it ‘awe’ to approve and accommodate it. Although it is slow just like growth ring of elms, it is inscribed in the body to show the trace of time. It may the beginning of another life rather than destruction or disappearance. ‘Completion’ may mean the allowance and acceptance of infinite parts in the nature and finite part in himself by adapting to the baptism of time. And they are read as beautiful.