Medium

Detail "Der gelbe Kern", 2013

The technique of my paintings is based on Jangji gibeop (method of long-pulp paper), one of the traditional methods of Korean paintings. Most of my paintings are done with Chinese ink, water-colors, powder-colors and white stone-color on the traditional Korean long-pulp paper (Jangji), which is thick and multi-layered. I try to go consciously with the flow of lines and colors on the paper, free from any concrete picture in the mind. While thin layers of lines and colors are applied repetitively, multi-layered compositions are built up. Out of accumulated layers of lines and colors, or sometimes only after their destruction, the painting space acquires the solid basis for forms to be born. I observe forms that are naturally produced by accidental effects of painting materials, and spontaneously cope with them. While I repeat acts of ‘making and destroying’, some concrete forms are naturally constructed. In order to create a lively space, I try to come out of any intentions and plans while painting, because concepts and ideas would hamper the autonomous growth of a picture. I am thrilled in experiencing the organic life of visual elements while painting.