The environment in which we are born and and grow up in shapes our values and paints the colours of our personality. We therefore look at the same object or phenomenon in our own way and interpret it differently to others. We are sometimes stubborn in our own views and interpretations, forcing them unto others. Although we may see things in one way, we must recognise and respect others’ ways of looking at things and this is what I have attempted to portray.
During the Joseon Dynasty, the emperor would bestow a paper flower upon those who successfully passed the civil examinations called the “Eosahwa”. During the recent Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, medalists were presented with replicas of the “Eosahwa Soohorang” and the ” Eosahwa Bandabi” Olympic mascots and they grew to be very popular. I have therefore applied butterfly and Eosahwa patterns in this painting to express the wish of one’s ego to become popular.
My art is visual; I create works to show it to people. It is often the case that paintings are simply hung on a backdrop of plain white-washed walls. I want to ensure that the concept behind my artwork allow effective communicate between the art itself and where the art is displayed. When working on my art, I emphasise the fact that a painting can be considered complete as a piece of visual art only if it harmonises with its surrounding space. Therefore, I use a lot of material used in interior design to form an intersection between the artwork and its displayed space.