Artworks 2017 - 2019

As far as I can remember, even as a child, I was drawn to the wonders of this universe. As I get older, ever more stored memories and information occupy my mind. It has become more difficult to see "as is" without my conscious effort to “see.”

 

My work is focused on seeing as they are, free from conditions of religion, culture, stored information, memory, knowledge and etc. When the world is experienced through such conditions, much of the experience of NOW is often altered and lost. Seeing without any preconditions makes it possible to see "as is" in the ever-present now. 

 

My artwork is the visual manifestation of our universe in the ever-present now - who I am, who you are, who the other living beings are, how we exist with all other living and nonliving beings together forming ONE universe.  It is the reflection of the universe sustaining itself in interconnectedness as the ground of all beings. 


Over the years, I’ve come to erase the boundary between “I” and the rest. Air I inhale is from outside of my body. I inhale the air that came out of others. 60% of water consisting of my body is from outside of my body. My cells are regenerated daily with the consumption of other animals, plants, grains, and minerals. Plants need sunlight to transform the light into stored energy. In Korean traditional medicine, the passage from the mouth to the anus is considered outside of the body. How and where do I draw the boundary of my body and the rest?  In my mixed media work, I honor this relationship and equilibrium in this sacred interconnectedness. 

 

At the beginning of the 21st century, in our time of climate crisis facing the collapse of life on earth, and the current COVID- 19 crisis, all human endeavors and creativity are to be devoted to restoring this sacred interconnectedness that sustains life. Living in the US, the 2nd home over 30 years, the racial tension and inequality matter have reignited the national and international consciousness by the unnecessary death of "G. Floyd." I, as an individual and artist, have been witnessing the world of the manifested broken interconnectedness and sacred balance. 

19-01 Temple
Light+shadow, graphite pencil, gouache, pastel and collage on nobang (Korean transparent-colored silk). The cast shadow of the painted image on the bottom piece falls on the white wall and it changes in accordance with the surrounding condition. 
15 x 11"
2019

19-06 Form is emptiness and emptiness is form
Print on transparency installed in space with light

8 x 8"
2019

19-07 Form is emptiness and emptiness is form
Print on transparency mounted on shaped board

17.5 x 10"
2019

"Life sees itself_19-01"

Paper, nobang silk, gouache, ink, metallic pigment, and collage

20x27"

2019

19-03 Fragments within a fragment
Light, gouache, collage on nobang(Korean transparent-colored silk) and on wood panel

24x 21.5"

2019

19-02 Life_Self-organizing

Light+shadow, gouache, gold leaf, collage, and nobang(Korean transparent-colored silk) on clay board

15 x 12"

2019

Life_Self-organizing_17-03

Light+shadow, gouache, collage, collage and nobang(Korean transparent-colored silk) on clay board

14.5 x 21 x 2"

2017

Life_Self-organizing_17-04

Light+shadow, gouache, collage and nobang(Korean transparent-colored silk) on clay board

15.5 x 31 X 1.5"

2017

18-01 Life_Self-organizing

Light+shadow, gouache, collage and nobang(Korean transparent-colored silk) on clay board

14.5 x 22 X 2"

2018

17-02 Life_Self-organizing

Light+shadow, gouache, collage, and nobang(Korean transparent-colored silk) on clay board

14 X 11 X 1.5" 

2017

17-02 Life_Self-organizing#2

Light+shadow, gouache, collage, and nobang(Korean transparent-colored silk) on clay board

27 x 11 X 1.5" 

2017

Life_Self-organizing_17-01

Light+shadow, gouache, gold leaf, acrylic, graphite pencil, collage, and nobang(Korean transparent-colored silk) on clay board

28.5 x 11 X 2"

2017

Element 17-02; Form is emptiness and emptiness is form

Light+shadow, gouache on paper and vellum mounted on wood panel, nobang (Korean transparent-colored silk) 

30 x 13.5 X 1.5"

2017

 © 2020 by Helena J. Min