My work is my attempt to visualize non-describable ideas— the coexistence of opposing ideas and the physical/conceptual boundary between them. To represent this non-visual concept in visual art form, I have used paper with its physical duality of delicacy and strength. Front and back in one space become metaphors of the inseparability of antithetical ideas. Also, the entire process of creating each structure as a physical man-made object and the use of light and shadow effect evoke the sense of coexistence of life and death, presence and absence, physical and nonphysical, the permanence and impermanence, and the natural world and non-natural part of the world.
For Dinnertime, I visually preserved or captured the presence of the empty space that the material/objects contain by casting each of the tableware items such as china, glasses, and silverwares with recycled paper pulp. Through the contradiction between the elegant form of dinnerware and the imperfect shape of each object made out of delicate yet rough paper, I want to question the fragility and impermanence of comfort and the self-destructive way of human life as well as offering the glimpse of the absence of time and self on the table that the audience is around.
2017, Cast paper using discarded paper, size varies