In this video life is short and beautiful. I begin by burning rose petals. The petals represent my life as a part of nature.
I then express my art using a strawberry that I would have otherwise eaten. This is me giving my life to my work.
My performance as a cocoon is my transformation into a butterfly. Life flashes by in the time it takes for a butterfly to open and close it’s wings. Lying down on my flower bed is where I can totally embrace nature.
My journey is almost over at the river. It is the point from where I cannot return.
I end at the rough, wavy sea where birds fly away as my guides to the sky.
Title: Breathing-Bound (2018)
Running Time: 3 min 16
Poland Feminist Artist Magdalena Abakanowicz said, “Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.”
Like she said we are always struggling in our mind with outside powers. However, only art will remain pure to help build up our ideas of expression. Where we are going and what is your goal? Why do we have to struggle with circumstances? The reason is the freedom we have inside is not as strong as the powers outside. In the video, the snow storm surrounds our daily life adding stress and worries. I couldn’t see or walk. I was cold, suffering from the weather. I can’t think about my goal or enjoy my environment. After the snow storm is gone, I could listen to and see nature from two angles of the view. It felt like nature was with me from the 360 camera’s third person viewer with much brighter, more colorful moving images that could gave dynamic energy. After the sea, you can see the snow storm again. I enjoy two different views and stories with the regular view of the movie and the variety of 360 angles. Overall with two stories, I show how our lives are connected and bound together and what is important to us.
My recent work is focused on zen therapy through nature.
This work is inspired by David Lynch’s movie “Lost Highway” and his influence on my college days.
Title: Dream Talk Video Installation (2017)
Video Running Time: 3 min 16
Size: 29.5 x 47 x 29 inches
Medium: Soft gloss acrylic paint and dried flower petals on the table with a resin coating and accompanying video projection
A dream of mother nature and where we will have our reunion.
I show that nature can heal our subconscious and body. Nature surrounds us and give us energy. You sit at the nature table, watch the video, then we discuss our dreams together. My dream is to be in nature with my loved ones without any anxiety in our lives. What’s yours?
Title: Air Walk ( 2017)
Running Time: 04:09 min / 3 min
I used a 360 camera to capture nature and art; the joys of my life. The nature at the beginning is the birth of life. The transition to the colorful city highlights the innocence of adolescence. Finally, in death we return back to the silence of nature. The 360 view captures more than just our narrow first person perspective which led to the title Air Walk. This is the view we have as spirits after we leave our bodies. I am the air that can fly in the sky and freely go anywhere I please. I am the air; surrounded by air.
Title: Closed Timelike Curve (2018)
Running Time: 02:30min
I took this video at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Santa Cruz, CA.
The air was so clean and the breeze made me feel at home. Giant trees showed me the history of life. A new landscape and unrecognizable plants as if I had traveled in time.
PERFORMANCE & VIDEO
Title: American Bear and Blond Jenny (2013)
My work tells the story of the two sides of my life. I’ve been using both photography and painting to convey imagery that consists of true and false, reality and fiction. I express opposite ideals (North and South Korea, Apple and Samsung , Korea and America, Western United States and Eastern United States). My artwork shows the utopia of different ideas coexisting together for a better good. In my work two different images are connected by one. For example, my imaginary animation character with real humans or a sculpture of bear highlight issues of communication. My work is based on things I love like a bears, family, friends, an d my national identity. Taking the bear as an example, I made a story which about an American bear. I talk about the American bear and Jenny which is my fantasy character. They are strangers that become friends. I like telling a story using a character in short stop motion format as inspired by Charlie Chaplin movies.