Empty Yourself of Wishes
This piece is my recreation of a Korean Wishing Tree which is used to be considered as a sacred being by Korean people. The printed images are my hand drawing of various symbolic images that I found on the surface of Korean traditional/ historic pots. Both wishing tree and the symbolic images reflect the life of the ordinary people who had been disappeared in the history yet left incredible artifacts by wishing their humble but earnest wishes. Creating this sculptural piece is to make my whole working process a ritual performance to represent the ritual daily life of the people I have never actually known and also to create a space that allows the viewers to be part of the ritual project by inviting them to walk around or to look up the tree or to look down the water bowl.
Photo by Yong Ho Bae
2006, 10 ft x 4 ft, edition size: 2, 1080 small pieces of original dry point intaglio prints on hand drawn or marbled paper, a bowl of water