The DMZ Paradox(series) Drawing by Tommy Seo

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The DMZ Paradox(series)

Tommy Seo

South Korea

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Size: 24.4 W x 67.7 H x 2 in

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Drawing: Ink on Glass, Paper.

#The DMZ Paradox
My artwork focuses on decorative art and furniture design due to my backgrounds in Oriental painting and Furniture design in Korea. Oriental coloured painting generally consists of coloured and ink paintings so I enjoyed drawing my works with bold, vivid colours like the Royal Court painting dating from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). In particular, I am referring to the decorated Irworobong-do screen that was always placed behind the royal throne, with its use of expensive, bright, vivid pigment and gilt. The artwork is for a simple but finely made folding screen depicting a scene in the tradition of Royal Korean landscape art.

My landscape is contemporary however, as it depicts the DMZ (demilitarized zone) created as part of the ceasefire following the fighting between North and South Korea from 1950-53. Starting from furniture design as a double major, I have made various attempts to blend art and design in my works. In a similar vein, this artwork aims to express the situation in contemporary Korea on furniture with Korean traditional and decorative art.

#Mirror
I install mirrors in my works which makes the whole composition unique to the observer as they become the centre of it. Even when the observer stays the same, the artwork will look different over time as we inevitably age and experience life. At no single moment in time will the artwork be alike another, and may only be considered complete with an observer at its heart. It is not “I think, therefore I am” but “I see this work, therefore I am complete”. Like a stage does not exist without its protagonist, there is no meaning to life without your existence. I hope to convey this message through the mirrors I incorporate in my works.

#Harmony
My art is visual art, work is carried out to show it to someone. There are many instances in which paintings are simply hung on white walls. On the contrary, I wanted to ensure that my concept will enable effective and sufficient communication between the artworks and the place where they will be displayed. While working on my artworks, I tried to emphasis that a painting is valid as a form of visual art only when they form an organic harmony with the space where we live presently. In addition, I used the materials that are normally used for interior design so that they can play the role of an intersection for the artworks and the space.


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