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When we look at the patterns of neckties, it is so different from the patterns of poison frogs, nevertheless
they resemble each other in complexity and artificial-like colors. What makes this ultimate
subtledifference between them?
The very basic Buddhist principle is "everything is changing." Nothing is static in this world. When we
look at a tiny leaf, although it looks static, it contains thousands of cells that keep dying and rebirthing.
Likewise, my artistic ideas always communicate to this cycling idea, and this leads me to create my
own transformed natural world.
Recently, I discovered a new method to convey my artistic ideas, which is creating stories. I have
discovered in many Korean folk tales, the idea of transformation is deeply rooted, influenced by
Buddhism. For instance, imooki is one of the well-known Korean folk elements, which is a 500 year-old
giant snake, waiting to become an ultimate dragon. Also, Dokkebis are spiritual monsters, who easily
can disguise their bodies as broomsticks or pots during the day.
I create my story in the process of doodling my own childhood memories and the elements from myths
and also legends that I have heard from my older generation. In this way, the stories come from two
different realms and visually mingle together. My childhood memory sometimes turns out to have a
gap. Maybe as I grew up, I unconsciously developed my memories, mixing with fantasy elements from
tales. Unintentionally, I often end up finding these paintings or drawingsactually synchronize the visual
images of my transformed memories.