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Thousand Leaves

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Thousand Leaves (detail)

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Thousand Leaves (detail)

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Thousand Leaves (detail)

Thousand Leaves (2018)

In 2017, I found an old tree root and it caught my eye. I felt it was an object in which the accumulation of time was crystallized. I made a 3D scan out of it, vertically reflected and printed, then painted the surface in order to resemble the original tree root. And it became a symmetrical pair. Between them, I placed the folding screen of white silk fabric. The energy of dead tree root becomes revitalized by becoming a pair. As a perfect symmetry, this grotesque root reaches out to immortality.
The folding screens of the slightly different shades of white fabric on the panels can be a metaphor of uncountable leaves falling and sprouting through the life of the tree. In Korea, the color white has been traditionally used in funerals, deeply related to death and rebirth. Those panels with different shades of white allude to the different layers of souls.

Thousand Leaves


Folding screen, tree root, 3D printed sculpture
Dimensions variable

Courtesy of the artist

Photo: Yang Ian


Exhibition history

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

The Book of Disquiet, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, Korea 2018

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