I’m glad to tell you that I had two of my pieces accepted at “Home” Art Exhibition. It’s held to support refugees and homeless people, and today we had a reception. It was inspiring and humbling to see works and performances of refugees themselves, as well as other artists.
As of my works, first, thanks for your support while I was submitting them. The gibbons didn’t make it, but my earlier works on experiences of moving home did. Here are the pieces, and the accompanying labels:
This is about the too-common experience of having to move home involuntarily without a particular wrongdoing. The objects can be found in any living room, where they would sit peaceful and harmonious, but one may feel they are thrown into a sea of uncertainties when they have to move.
Grandma Comfy Ready to Move
Moving can feel like starting a new life, and ending the old one. Here, a welcoming recliner, “Grandma Comfy”, is disassembled for move. She is sitting there as if she is fine. She looks ready for her next life, to greet the family again, in a new place.
When refugees arrive at the host country, they wear their best clothes, not rags. Not because their lives were not hard, but because they want to start their new lives well, with dignity.
– an Italian social worker who helps refugees’ settlement.
난민들이 새 나라에 도착할 때는 넝마가 아니라 가장 깨끗한 옷을 마련해 입는다. 이전의 삶이 힘들지 않았기 때문이 아니라, 새 나라에서의 삶을 밝게, 존엄하게 시작하려 하기 때문이다.
– 이탈리아에서 난민들의 정착을 돕는 활동가.
A beloved space can show more than meets the eye.
사랑하는 공간은 보이는 것보다 더 많은 것을 보여줄 수 있다.
Mixed media, 2018
This is my first try on semi-abstract painting. It also concludes a series on my move from the US to the UK. In the series, I tried to record and reconstruct places I love as I left them:
처음으로 반추상화를 시도해 보았다. 이 그림은 미국에서 영국으로의 이사에 관한 시리즈의 마지막 그림이기도 하다. 사랑하는 공간들을 떠나면서 기록하고 재구성해본 시리즈이다:
Cocoon – moving out / 누에고치 – 이사 나오며
Parting / 떠나며
Line 1 Time Machine / 1호선 타임머신
Take Care / 안녕
The dolphin and the background appeared also on my past postings:
돌고래와 배경은 예전 꼭지에 등장한 바 있다:
Dolphin Lamp / 돌고래 램프
Low Lights… / 낮은 빛이…
Out of the Night / 밤으로부터
Bits of care, put on all sides,
As if to stay forever in—
Weathered but warm when looked back on.
벽마다 남겨둔 작은 손길들
언제까지나 머물러 있을 것처럼—
* 이전 꼭지에서 나왔던 부분들을 알아보실지:
Zigzag memories on steps of steel
Looking not so cold in the weathered light.
철 계단에 누운 지그재그 기억들
바랜 빛에 비치어 덜 추워 보이는
Photo by YK in NYC, 2018