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The World in the Mind

2022. 11. 18 – 12. 4
EUM So Wan

EUM So-wan(1994~)’s cosmic landscape appears when the sky and earth meet and symbols such as the sun, moon, and star clouds match. It is nature approached with a bird-eye’s view, and lines are an important factor on the paper. The soft, hard, smooth, yet strong feeling becomes a thick texture on the Korean paper, showing various things. It is specific but abstract and presupposes a dynamic flow. As an artist who majored in oriental painting, nature is like a way to live now as an extraordinary object. With the accumulated time of the past, present, and future, the artist is inspired by the old map she encountered when she was an undergraduate. Rather than the time when communication networks or science developed as it is now, the artist’s imagination begins to be exercised by looking at the old map as a symbol of ideas rather than the role of delivering local information. Think of the distant past time that is real but cannot be confirmed, and project our life into the picture. The landscape is based on the orientation of the relationship in oriental painting as a multiple point without perspective here. Recognizing that it is invisible but connected, observation becomes a unique painting as it meets the artist’s emotions. The meaning of the notice of Bibo Geomancy, which helps to add or fill weak or insufficient things, is also absorbed into the paper, and the tendency of painting becomes stronger.

As a way of constructing paintings, shapes tend to be planarized. Day and night coexist, and black and yellow are supported to express the method of I-Si-Dong-do (different times in the same place). The scene is constantly changing in the way it has passed and will unfold in the future. Lines come together to form faces, and split faces form a shape. An island-like or water-like shape fills the paper. As if there is no gravity, it floats and settles again, which is the appearance of nature being disorderly and orderly. The artist’s thoughts are deep. In the past, now, reality, ideals, and characteristics distinguished from place to place appear on one paper. The sensibility of personal anecdotes, such as resting trips and the death of a close person, was transformed, drawing interesting shapes. Although we live in an era where various things connected to life change rapidly and the attribute of digital is represented, what we can see from the artist’s paintings is the human mind that lives in a relationship with nature. Painting purifies everyday life because we know emotions that cannot be good as long as there is reality. What the objects in the paintings wanted to create may be a place to confirm that there are still things we want to achieve. It is an inner landscape rather than a representation, and the brush lines that appear unconsciously freely give a soft gentle curve. This is the artist’s warm gaze on the world. The superposition, which becomes a colorful texture, informs the long flow of time. It is no different from the things our ancestors hoped for and the modern people living now.

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87 Samcheongro, Jongrogu, Seoul, Korea
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