MilkRelic X will be showing at UMBRELLA on 4/11-14/2019, and Milk Relics V-VII are currently on permanent display at The Union Drinkery in Washington, DC.
The red stamp 도장 is a Korean seal of my name brought to me by mother who raised me on her own from her place of birth in Gwangju, South Korea. Used often in many different official and artistic contexts, for me, this insignia is a reminder of her strength and encouragement of all of my artistic endeavors. I sign these works with this stamp as an homage to my heritage in deference to her.
Milk Relic X
30”x30” Oil, acrylic on wood panel - SOLD
The Baekdu Daegan 백두대간 mountain range, often referred to as the “spine” of the Korean Peninsula, is a continuous watershed crest line spanning 1700 kilometers never cut by water. The South Korean portion of the ridge is traversed as a long distance hiking trail, while the North Korean range is vastly wild and unexplored. Korean artists have depicted the beauty of this naturally unifying landscape for centuries.
As a Korean-American painter born in Washington, DC, I am particularly inspired by the almost fabled majesty of this iconic landscape — half of which is basically inaccessible to the world because of the laws of men. We live in a divisive time where climate science and science in general are being questioned as myth. I created the Milk Relics as a narrative painting series that honors our planet, and asks questions of where we stand as humans at this pivotal point in environmental history.