I’m interested in creating environments that embody a story. My practice’s goal is to make another world through image-based narratives using the composition of physical objects and installation. My inspiration for my installations comes from the books I read. The stories I often read were written by Albert Camus, Franz Kafka, Oscar Wilde, and Murakami Haruki. Their stories have stuck with me and continue to live on in my work.
The main topic of my work is the subject of a human abyss, about the darkness inside us. This is not a scary or terrifying thing, but it’s a deep abyss of the mind and the core of the mind. I’m curious what is underneath the human psyche. I want to make time and space for facing it.
I want my work is to meld real-life experiences and surreal settings. Inspired by fictional stories, I’m writing my own fantastical narratives using objects and creating environments and spaces, rather of words. When the audience steps into this worlds that I make, they enter a deep cave and find a story via clues within objects.
In my making process, I mainly use epoxy clay, which makes sculptures by touching it with hands. I also use ready-mades, a technique that applies existing objects to art. My work is mainly created by mixing those two things, and the final result is usually expressed as an object and installation in space. Using the epoxy clay, I want to express abstract mind flutters with atypical shapes and abstract and ambiguous figurations. And the found objects convey real life, using items that already exist in reality. I want to face essential parts of human life by moving back and forth between abstraction and non-abstraction.
When it comes to working methods, when a particular topic comes to mind, I first think of the story and meaning I want to convey. And I draw an ambiguous finished image in my mind. After making only the big outline and concept of the work, I work in a big frame in an instant way. In the course of the work, I often get a formative results that differ from what I initially expect, and things that I couldn’t think of semantically, I add or expand upon and transform.