When art and life intersect at a pivotal tension point, a dialogue develops in multiple dimensions. I am interested in constructing a visual and psychological space where narratives of labor, loss, and place reside.
In my developing body of work, cemetery flowers or fabric act as symbolically-charged agents of communications. In my performative installations, I experiment with the site where improvised rituals and materials converge.
In one recent installation, a community of people around me and I carefully disassembled and hand- shredded collected silk flowers, then laid them on floor, replicating my mother’s wedding blanket patterns, seck-dong. The methodical destruction and labor-intensive reassembly of the silk flowers create an aesthetic happening, turning public or art space into an introspective site of dialogues. Completion of one installation project usually takes about 3- 4 months.
Through the menial process of making, selective collections of found objects transform into a poignant residuum of the past and the present. The installed materials are sentimental and sensory. Our physical bodies turn this into an occupied territory -- and a platform for opened dialogues, both internal and external.