MONSTER PROJECT PART 2 : How could this project help a possibly abused kid?

This is a story about what I have experienced in Finland, while I was working for my project. At that time, I faced an inevitable matter that I must contemplate the monster project again.

2007, I visited in Helsinki Finland to have an artist residency program. It took a valuable opportunity to see a lot of images that people in different culture created. I was interested in creating vague images. I believed that  we were very influenced by many images around us, and I would like to explore and imagine another world through the vague images I created based on what I saw.

 I felt that the scenery there was quite unique. By researching around Helsinki, I tried to render impressions from there. This work is a structure that originated from a special impression of the locality at that time, such as the buildings, port, cranes, and sculptures of elk.

Idea sketch for Helsinki Beaugly Facility (Helsinki monster)

Year: 2008

Medium: 3D computer graphic / 3D Studio Max

Size: variable size

Idea sketch for Helsinki Beaugly Facility (Helsinki monster)

Year: 2008

Medium: 3D computer graphic / 3D Studio Max

Size: variable size

Idea sketch for Helsinki Beaugly Facility (Helsinki monster)

Year: 2008

Medium: 3D computer graphic / 3D Studio Max

Size: variable size

In my artist residency studio, I tried to overcome the illusion of two-dimensional (2D) work, by studying a real talisman. This is because a real talisman has become accepted as transcendent.

Mechanical Talisman 2

Year: 2009

Medium: Cinnabar painting on yellow paper (Guihwangji)

Size: 70×100cm

Mechanical Talisman 1

Year: 2009

Medium: Cinnabar painting on yellow paper (Guihwangji)

Size: 70×100cm

when I visited at a kindergarten in Finland for the project, I confronted a crucial problem. One monster picture led me to assume that a kid was suffering serious domestic abuse. The confinement device was useless for him.

 

To the child, such violence was a monster, and to me, the situation I could do nothing about was a monster.

 

How could this project help him?

 

What is the role of Art?

After returning to Korea, I thought a talisman I designed for him could be a minor solace to him since I considered it a device offering psychological comfort like a four-leaf clover. This talisman could be a sign that others are recognizing the abuse inflicted on this child. I could only hope it would make a desirable change in the people surrounding him.

 

   I started presenting myself in the talisman, wearing like a monster researcher in Finland. I referred to real talismans in a talisman dictionary. One year later, I revisited the child and gave him ‘Talisman 1’ telling him that it was a reminder that the monster lab was always watching him and thinking of him. I hope the talisman gives him strength.

 

Although I did my best, how much such attention was effective or whether it was really proper remained something I have to further consider seriously.

Talisman 1

Year: 2010

Medium: Cinnabar, woodblock printing on Guihwangji

Size: 26×40cm

Talisman 2

Year: 2010

Medium: Cinnabar, woodblock printing on Guihwangji

Size: 75×37.5cm

 ‘Talisman 2’ is one in a series of talismans that were different versions of existing talismans.

 

(I referred to the image of monster researcher at the kindergarten in Helsinki, constellations in Helsinki, and a location on Google maps.)

My work is not meant for everyone, but for a specific group of people, such as children who suffer from something and descendants of humanity who will be evolved possibly into fish. I believe that art is meant to bring new and beneficial changes to the world. I wished for this to happen, but at some point I began to question if simply sculpting and holding exhibitions on end could achieve this. In the end, if my works are able to more communicate with people and  actually help them then I am sure that I am doing something of true value. Nowadays, I am searching for new ways to fulfill my thought.

 

- ARTIST STATEMENT 2014

On the road in Hyvinkää, Finland. 2007

1. Context: How could we define a monster? 2. Monster Project part 1: Terminate monsters in your children's room. 3. Monster Project part 2 : How could this project help an possibly abused kid?

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MONSTER PROJECT PART 2 : How could this project help a possibly abused kid?
1. Context: How could we define a monster? 2. Monster Project part 1: Terminate monsters in your children's room. 3. Monster Project part 2 : How could this project help an possibly abused kid?
MONSTER PROJECT PART 2 : How could this project help a possibly abused kid?
1. Context: How could we define a monster? 2. Monster Project part 1: Terminate monsters in your children's room. 3. Monster Project part 2 : How could this project help an possibly abused kid?
MONSTER PROJECT PART 2 : How could this project help a possibly abused kid?
1. Context: How could we define a monster? 2. Monster Project part 1: Terminate monsters in your children's room. 3. Monster Project part 2 : How could this project help an possibly abused kid?
MONSTER PROJECT PART 2 : How could this project help a possibly abused kid?
1. Context: How could we define a monster? 2. Monster Project part 1: Terminate monsters in your children's room. 3. Monster Project part 2 : How could this project help an possibly abused kid?
MONSTER PROJECT PART 2 : How could this project help a possibly abused kid?
1. Context: How could we define a monster? 2. Monster Project part 1 3. Monster Project part 2