Depth of Being

존재의 깊이
The Depth of Being Series which I have engaged in is the outcome of the exploration for “depth” as indicated in the title. “Depth” which  I have borrowed is the essential element to expand a dimension of awareness—from a plane [two-dimensional] to a cubic existence [three-dimensional]—and at the same time, implies various qualitative elements—time, diversity, value, experience, etc.—that is, numerous things that cannot be replaced with quantities. This exists in line with resistance against a phenomenon in which diversity within the values of society decreases and many different things are standardized as one standard and replaced with figures according to my experiences. Even if resistance does not fit the process of painting planes, resistance is developed not merely by means of breaking with the convention or negating something. Rather, I intend to broaden the gap of the current trend and expand the potential for diversity by the positive means of increasing the depth.

Every process is carried out in the same manner as the practice of asceticism. In the beginning, viscosity and paint with the lowest concentration possible is placed on silk. Since the depth and concentration of the colors are expressed by concentration and the number of each type of paint, the deepest center requires several hundred overlaps at least. Since I do not receive any assistance from machines throughout the entire work process, every plane comes with minute differences and such changes record and imply time. This ascetic process takes up considerable time, reiteration and labor in the form of nutriments. Interestingly, the result thereof contributes to extending such time to the viewers.

1_Depth of being, Pigment on silk, 296x88(cm), 2021
2_Depth of being: About the depth, you should have perceived, Pigment on silk, 140x88(cm), 2021
3_Depth of being: About the depth, you should have perceived, Pigment on silk, 128x128(cm), 2021

To realize planes as something cubical—from two-dimensional to three-dimensional—at least one more dimension is required. However, a change in dimension lies in my one step instead of a change in an object. The moment I move one step from the fixed position, I am able to see the side, feel thickness and experience depth. Those who look at the world from a two-dimensional perspective can only look at a phenomenon in which those boundaries are crashed into. In contrast, those who look at the world from a three-dimensional perspective can look at a phenomenon where those boundaries are not overlapped, but exist together in a back and forth and upward and downward trajectory. The horizon cannot be viewed as a boundary between the sky and the sea, but a side where the sky and the sea meet.

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