In “Between In and Yeon”, the body returns to the earth and emerges from it. The earth and body are separate and one at the same time. I imagine that my body, like a seed has been planted in the soil of life. The body waits quietly underneath the soil till it emerges from the surface. It will grow and endure, celebrate and struggle, until it returns back to the earth.
Hand-coiled paper (jiseung) is a traditional Korean technique that I learned several years ago during my trip to Korea. In this installation work, I immersed myself in the time consuming and meditative aspects of cutting thin strips of paper, coiling one at a time, and gluing one coil next to another to build the sinuous terrain. The work is a result of one year and 50 yards of paper.
The Villa Terrace Decorative Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI 2015
media: hand-coiled mulberry paper
variable dimension (6 ft x 13 ft)