at Audible Garden, Korean Culture Centre UK, London, UK, JUL 21 - 13 OCT, 2023
In his rendition of Cézanne's Mont Sainte-Victoire, the artist intertwines his nostalgic memories of Yongma San, the mountain from his childhood. Two carpets embody this narrative, capturing an interplay of sunlight and shadow, creating a realm devoid of green yet brimming with vitality. They reflect Yongma San, a bastion from his past resonating with a dragon's might and a horse's grace. The mountain, once grand in feng shui symbolism, now presents a stark yet comforting oasis in a landscape consumed by urbanization and industrialization, akin to a green lung filled with polluted air. This is where the artist found solace, battling asthma and tuberculosis, under its verdant cover. His narrative weaves in the humble local milk that fueled his childhood, forging a link between the natural and personal, fortifying him against the hardships of illness. The carpets encapsulate his journey, transforming the profound experiences into visual poetry, creating a symbolic dialogue between his past and the observer, while invoking the spirit of two different mountains from two different worlds, intertwined in one profound experience.
Photo by Dan Weill, Courtesy of the KCCUK
& Sungbaek Kim