The pursuit of a simple life and getting “back to basics” is nothing new, but this perception and attitude are becoming more important in the hustle and bustle of modern life. More and more people are taking a step back away from modern technology and the digital world looking to get reconnected with mother nature. Through my paintings, I reconnect myself with pure nature. What makes nature so pure and yet elegant? Perhaps it's because nature has no agenda, I reckon. Nature is pure and original. With this perspective, I grasp what I see in my mind. I don't need to go beyond myself to depict nature as it is. Nature’s innocence comes to my mind with various images and colours. Often they are flowers, trees, grass, animals or just primitive symbols. Trying not to be ruled by the superficial reality of objects, I just catch them through drawings and paintings as if I were an innocent child who simply has no agenda. With this approach, I tend to be able to express my inspirations in more various and random ways. Simplicity and variety balance each other, just like nature does. I hope my paintings can help people to appreciate living in harmony with nature and to recall a time of innocence and purity.
This exhibition displays not my woodcut prints that I have been working on, but watercolor paintings that I try anew. In all of these works, a crude and strong black color is used, and the black shapes are drawn as if the ink is smeared, making somewhat dark and lonely feelings. Since these works were produced using images of dolmens, objects lose their original forms and become abstract which I feel is my spiritual haven.
Story Y 2020
As a youngster, I drew and painted while learning how to improve my skills. When studying printmaking in Japan dreaming to be a successful artist, I indulged myself into woodcut printing. After returning back to Korea, I developed a unique printmaking methodology called 'Pan Tableau' that combines painting and printmaking methodologies together. While trying to work as a creative artist rather than an art technician, now I paint my surroundings within which I have spent my time in the past.