“What if a Korean traditional tiger made out of pieces from the newspaper and magazine pops up to you?”
This summer, students from the US, UK, and Korea came together to raise a fund to donate socks for Syrian refugees in Turkey. We organized a series of events including the upcoming art exhibition on human rights. This students-run gallery will showcase human rights related art works of 20 students from all over the world. It will be located at the WCO stage (Anguk station Exit 1) on August 20-22th from 12 to 5PM. All profits made from the gallery will be sent to IACD (Institute of Asian Culture and Development) for donation. We would love to share our works and spread our cause. Please drop by and join us!
“Introversion- along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness- is now a second-class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology. Introverts living in the Extrovert Ideal are like women in a man’s world, discounted because of a trait that goes to the core of who they are. Extroversion is an enormously appealing personality style, but we’ve turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform.”
-Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
On this piece, I tried to express the discrepancy between what I envision as the ‘real’ and ‘ideal’ Seoul. You could easily tell that the upper part of the piece represents the polluted city that almost lost its identity. There are trees, rocks, and rivers that appear on Korean traditional artworks on the mid-lower part of the piece; these are the symbols of neglected traditions of the country. In the center, there’s me, gazing at the peony blossom on my hands. The flower ultimately represents the essential ‘value’ of tradition. This piece as a whole not only implies the extreme emphasis of modernization in Seoul but also shows my earnest hope that Korea could one day re-discover its values of traditions.