In my works, I express the inspiration I get from encountering nature, the emotions felt in the field of accidental life, and the old memories kept in my heart. I believe that our society is harmonious because people are different with individual dignities, which is one of the philosophies of life. I was born and raised in the divided country of Korea where I desperately dreamed of a peaceful society. My ideology manifest in my artistic practice through form, color, shape, similarity, difference, harmony and complexity.
I use paper as the primary medium in my sculptures. Paper was said to be invented in ancient China and introduced into Korea around the 3rd century and has been a familiar material to Koreans for a long time. I spent much of my childhood folding paper, making kites, and flying them in the sky. I lived in a house where the windows and the floors of the rooms were made of paper. As such, paper has rich personal and cultural connections for me. During the pandemic period, I folded nearly 10,000 pieces of paper to relieve anxiety and gain peace of mind. Folding numerous papers naturally made me think of my identity and culture.
In one of my recent sculptures, “Connected as One,” hundreds of individual small, folded paper pieces are bound tightly with thread, making it a connected and unified structure. There is a cultural tradition of thinking that threads are a medium that connects people. I also use bamboo, a symbol of longevity in Buddhism, to further scaffold the piece. “Connected as One” explores the topic of connection between people. In the rest of the space, I used colored paper and strings to express the harmony of different people. In doing so, I express my hope that people live in harmony and peace. My point of view is to express the thoughts and philosophies realized in nature, people, and cross-culture.