Proposal Excerpt: Journey For Monuments Sculpted by Nature On Land and Underwater
I own a book called The Australian Outback-‐ The World’s Wild Places, which I first encountered through my Environmental Literature professor in college. The book introduces the marvelous nature of Australia, especially the cliffs, deserts, and caves. Among its rich geological features, Australia has diverse configurations of rock formations on land and also underwater. For many years, I have been longing to visit the sites featured in the book and make sculptural installations based on my experience.
The complex relationship between humans and nature has been a constant inspiration for my work. Growing up in the industrial urban environment of Seoul, Korea, I did not have rich experiences with nature until I started traveling abroad. Because of my country’s geographical size and location, it has few natural resources, which resulted in its highly-‐developed technology sector and the development of man-‐made resources. The boundaries between the genuine and the artificial are complex. Synthetic materials are more accessible and useful than natural materials, often resulting in a blended hybrid of both. My art is the product of this hybrid culture of man and nature while manifesting man’s endless attempt to simulate nature.
I use objects that imitate nature, such as wallpaper with marble print, vinyl siding with wood grain, or plastic plants. Currently, my main use of material is custom-‐designed disposable containers printed with a rock pattern. I design the structure of the box and the rock texture that is going to be printed on the surface to custom-‐order to a manufacturer. I came up with these items to exemplify our contemporary desire to mimic nature in a quick and convenient way. During my travels in Australia, I plan to photograph various rock textures both on land and underwater in order to have my own new surface patterns for my work. These travels will also further my investigation of landscape and natural rock formations on a deeper level and expand my sense of space as an installation artist.
Complete Proposal and Budget: Nara Park, 2013