Nude woman with leaves finds new life
To find out why Park is awash in green, visit her exhibition, “Over and Over,” at the Kim Chong-yung Sculpture Museum in Pyeongchang-dong.
The moment you step inside the exhibition hall, everything is green because the work on view is plastered with the leaves.
In addition to the green, these works are also distinguished for both their creativity and the labor required to make them. The artist used artificial leaves from China and she glued the leaves in intricate patterns over common objects to create new shapes of her own.
Most of the materials used in Park’s work are ordinary ― daily items such as antennas, toilet seats, and coatstands. She visits secondhand stores and looks for things that can be turned into something completely new. Then, the objects are transformed into sculpture in ways that make it difficult to even guess the original function or shape of the object.
“In this exhibition, Park questions the boundaries of sculptural arts and the identity of the sculptor,” says Bae Soo-hee, the curator of Kim Chong-yung Sculpture Museum. “Her humorous yet serious works leave a question mark for visitors too.”
Thousands of leaves were also used to make “Eighteen Years.” The piece was actually a sculpture of a nude woman done by Park when she was a graduate student at Sungshin Women’s University many years ago. Since it was so large, it was hard for her to move, but even harder to throw away, so she kept lugging it from place to place.
“Over and Over” runs until July 5 at Kim Chong-yung Sculpture Museum in Pyeongchang-dong. Admission is free. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays. The nearest subway is Gyeongbokgung Station (line No. 3), exit 3. (02) 3217-6484.
By Lee Eun-joo Contributing Writer [firstname.lastname@example.org]