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.
Published by Jimin Kim
Tokyo-Seoul-DC✸Human rights, East Asian Studies✸President at Project Silkroad, Intern at The Asia Institute, Co-organizer at AND Project, Head at Amnesty International EHS✸Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA View all posts by Jimin Kim