< Flowing woods >
Oriental ink on Hanji
44 × 37 cm
(2017. 6. 10)
This is an ink painting drawn in clear and transparent touches with pale Oriental ink on Hanji. A myriad of fine lines were drawn to carry unique patterns of trees and forests. Flowing Woods was inspired by the sea. Watching the sparkling waves of the sea, I wanted to let everything inside me flow away with the water. As I put one wave upon another, the Timbuktu forest that I have drawn in my works for a long time seems to overlap. The ideal landscape melts on the sea waves. Each of the memories that I put on the waves as well as Timbuktu are also melted together to form a forest flowing.
Among my works, the pieces that contain the images of trees and forests are called the ‘Timbuktu’ series. I named the imaginary forest in my work ‘Timbuktu’, which was a place I heard by chance. Regardless of the actual location, however, I just borrowed it because I liked the sound of the word. As I searched the Internet, Timbuktu was referred to as ‘a remote place’. It was just right for me. Since my forest is an imaginary one and so it exists only in my mind, it is the closest thing to me, yet at the same time it is a place far away from me where I cannot go. Isn’t this just what I want? I have been greatly consoled while drawing the Timbuktu forest. As I have been drawing it for a long time, this forest of symbiosis in harmony has been formed into my own unique pattern, into rounded or pointed shapes.
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