Installation view. Whisper Only to You, MADRE · Museo d'arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, Italy

Installation view. Whisper Only to You, MADRE · Museo d'arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, Italy

Moonlight Crown_On the Cliff

Detail of Moonlight Crown_On the Cliff

Moonlight Crown_Dragon's Bride

Detail of Moonlight Crown_Dragon's Bride

Moonlight Crown_Lion Totem

Detail of Moonlight Crown_Lion Totem

Moonlight Crown_Bari's Tears

Detail of Moonlight Crown_Bari's Tears

Moonlight Crown_Shhh...

Detail of Moonlight Crown_Shhh...

Moonlight Crown (2018 ~ )

My idea initiated from a short story “A crown of feathers”, from a book by Polish-American writer Isaac Bashevis Singer in 1973. He said in his interview "If there is such a thing as truth, it is as intricate and hidden as a crown of feathers." It triggered my long pursuit for excavating hidden truths and beliefs by questioning conventional and stereotypical notions. Each work has a crown in the bottom and bears a heavy and overly decorated sphere. Upon it, a vertical structure arises. Through this project, I incorporate ubiquitous symbols and images such as angels, praying hands and dragons to develop new narratives. In the past, those sacred objects and images were considered to be sublime and powerful, exclusively used
in special rituals. However, through the repetitive consummation, today they have become easily accessible. I believe that a human being in ancient times could recognize a halo of the chosen spiritual leader. I think the halo replaced the crown to descending its power. All of the images separated from its own world are arranged to build an organic structure and connect the hidden links between past and present, myth and history. I hope this work could be a coronation to the individual spirituality in us.

Installation view. Whisper Only to You, MADRE · Museo d'arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, Italy

Courtesy the Fondazione Donnaregina per le Arti contemporanee · Museo Madre
Photo: Amedeo Benestante

Moonlight Crown_On the Cliff
2018
Steel, brass, glass, epoxy, wood, pearl, 24K gold leaf, mother-of-pearl
191x107x107cm

Moonlight Crown_Dragon's Bride
2018
Steel, brass, glass, epoxy, wood, pearl, 24K gold leaf, mother-of-pearl
162x90x90cm

Moonlight Crown_Lion Totem
2019
Steel, brass, glass, epoxy, wood, feather, mirror, pearl, 24K gold leaf, mother-of-pearl
225x87x87cm

Moonlight Crown_Bari's Tears
2019
Steel, brass, glass, epoxy, wood, resin, crystal, 24K gold leaf, mother-of-pearl
197x42x42cm

Moonlight Crown_Shhh...
2019
Steel, epoxy, wood
191x105x105cm

Courtesy of the artist

Photo: Yang Ian

ⓒYeesookyung

Exhibition history

Whisper Only to You, MADRE · Museo d'arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, Italy 2019