Artworks 2020

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 been questioning and erasing 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. We are connected and exist only in these interconnected relationships. 

At the beginning of the 21st century, in our time of climate crisis facing the collapse of life on earth, and the COVID- 19 crisis, all human endeavors and creativity are to be devoted to restoring this sacred interconnectedness that sustains the life. It is time to evolve human awareness beyond the egocentric way of living in the Earth's ecosystem. Erase and redefine the human's notion of "we" and "us." This word, "we" must include all living and non-living beings as members of the earth ecosystem with a more inclusive attitude for all to sustain and survive.

Since the breakout of COVID-19 in 2020, my work has been focusing even more on "Healing_erasing the boundary and redefining it" in the context of interconnectedness and sustainability. 

20-04 Healing _Redefining boundary

Light+shadow, gouache,  Korean ink, and collage on layers of nobang(Korean transparent-colored silk)  over the plexiglass box

14.5 x 14.5 x 3"

2020

20-04 Healing _Redefining boundary

Detail

20-07 Interconnectedness

Light+shadow, gouache,  and collage on layers of nobang(Korean transparent-colored silk

20x 16.5"

2020

20-03 Life_Self-organizing

Light+shadow, gouache,  and nobang(Korean transparent-colored silk)  on paper mounted over the wooden panel

21 x 23" (changeable size for variable composition with the layer of nobang)

2020

20-01 Healing _Redefining boundary

Gouache, Korean ink, gold leaf, graphite pencil, and collage on paper

14 x 14"

2020

20-02 Life_Self-organizing

Light+shadow, gouache,  and collage on layers of nobang(Korean transparent-colored silk)  and cotton fabric

14 x 16"

2020

20-05 Healing_Interconnectedness 

Light+shadow, gouache, pen, and collage on paper and Nobang(Korean transparent-colored silk)

33x22x2"

2020

 © 2020 by Helena J. Min