Decalcomanie Life

81cm x 45cm

Curator's Eye

Dongwan Kook’s intricate images are carefully and elaborately produced. They are abstract yet carry social, psychological and biological narratives. The artist envisages micro as well as macro worlds through her work, where our experience of vision is softly interrogated. Dongwan’s work blurs conventional boundaries between illustration, drawing and painting. The work freely crosses different styles of Korean folk painting, contemplative lines, decomposed fonts and letters where images are ceaselessly coded and decoded.

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In a typical Korean apartment, two houses are facing each other in the form of decalcomanies. This elaborate drawing is based on the floor plan of Kook’s parents' apartment where she lived a long time, and 30-year old neighbor’s house. Through her free-association drawing, personal memories related to the house and the memories of others are mixed