I have always drawn to the power of an icon. As an artist I have dreamed that I can create an icon which last a very long time in our thought and imply important message of time that I live in and understand. And to me, to make something that gives viewers a food of thought of understanding in a way is very attractive and it gives me not only an energy of working and the feeling of importance – being an artist that I love. In my sculpture series <Icon _ Goddess>, I try to reinterpret the idea and image of an icon that we have already known, and represent it in my way through an everyday material – magazine paper. Compared other materials more traditionally used in sculpture, magazine paper has its distinct characteristics – lightness, fragility, variety of color, and the idea of its necessity and waste at the same time. I believe these attributes of magazine paper help me produce a fresh and original contemporary image of an icon.
In developing a new idea and image of an icon I also aim to create a reflection of current society and culture, an opportunity to reconsider them through art work. To help build a new idea and image of an icon, I also include a modern object in the piece – like the works <Cheri _ the birth of Venus> and <Thinker>. The object I add represents a symbol or a metaphor for the influence of capitalism and current culture and the value system on which they are based.
This series has started around the subject of goddesses, but I am planning to expand it to more iconic subjects over time. It is important to me not to lose the aesthetic character in this series while creating my idea of a new icon. I try to maintain a sense of beauty in this work. Although my work in this series is inspired by traditional sculpture, it still has to be contemporary and reflect current culture and society. As a contemporary artist, I try to follow core traditions of sculpture from the past, while expanding the range of materials used, and merging ideas and images of different cultures in this work.
My drawing series represents a more narrative form of my practice. I draw inspiration for my drawings from art and history. A certain place or a place in my imagination and memory gives me an idea and feeling of an object, which can contain the feeling or give another possibility to the place. I express the concept in the abstract or through structure related to the space. In recent practice I have drawn reinterpretations of photographs, finding a connection between reality and a surreal object from the photograph, and building the object into that image, to create a new concept.
Work <Without past or future> was inspired by a book about Easter Island and a cliff palace at Mesa Verde in Colorado. There was a moment for the people of Easter Island when