Incense Series by Jihyun Park

Korean artist Jihyun Park uses lit incense sticks to burn thousands of tiny holes in rice paper and then mounts the final drawings onto varnished canvases for his 'Incense Series'.

"After reading the books Gulliver’s Travels, Utopia, and Erewhon and seeing the Japanese animated movie Castle in the Sky, I became inspired to develop a relationship between the concept of utopia and the materials that I use in my work. My recent work, Incense Series, focuses on this relationship while searching for the promised harmonic balance that utopia brings. Ironically, the word 'utopia' in Korean is 'Yi Sang Hwang' and 'Hwang' means 'incense'."

"The subjects addressed in my work range from the natural world to memories of the past, reflecting the constant physical and emotional changes in our environment. It is my hope that the 'moments' I captures of my subjects are ones when they are at their most ideal – true utopias. While drawing them with the incense, I am 'holding' a split moment of harmony in my hands."


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