Space Willing N Dealing is pleased to present New Life, curated by Jeongyoon Choi. Five women artists participate in this exhibition who have gone through the process of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. Their works directly or indirectly refer to these changes in life using their own creative method. The title of the exhibition, New Life, was given as a meaning to 'a new life' with children as a mother, and 'a new life' for a child who came into the world, as it is about bringing a 'new work' to the world as an artist. We all make decisions at every moment according to our values and beliefs. Artist's habits, and life changes are sometimes reflected in the work. This exhibition seeks to expand mutual empathy and to understand lives of the individual artist.
Dongwan Kook draws a fetus that grows for an average of 40 weeks in the womb, one per week, in a total of 41 drawings. Her artist book contains a series of drawings and texts written from these drawings. Pictures and texts have independent narratives, but they influence each other. The embryo, which continues to grow through 40 weeks, continues to grow by repeating cell division.
Since 2020, Heo-ang Kim has presented paintings about everyday life with her daughter. After pregnancy, and childbirth, her life has completely changed. Every mother in the world experiences extreme changes and ageing of her body after giving birth. Taking care of a baby under the age of 2 is like playing a low-level game endlessly. Kim awakens the preciousness of everyday life by capturing tiring moments with her sense of humour. Her interest in the body extends beyond humans to animals and plants, and makes us contemplate the meaning of life.
Hyangro Yoon explores the possibilities of abstract painting based on contemporary imaging technology. The 'Canvas' series, introduced in 2020, is divided into three layers, with the art historical context at the bottom, the artist's individual direction of work in the middle, and personal history at the top. Helen Frankenthaler's catalogue raisonné introduces a series in which she appropriated the works of the old masters. Yoon extracted these contents and printed them out with the Epson UltraChrome inkjet. Another layer of acrylic was applied using an airbrush, and then her son's drawings are placed to show her attitude as an artist, woman, and parent.
Chae Yeon Lee draws still lifes, landscapes, and figures using the techniques of Korean folk paintings. When giving birth, she was at the risk of her life.This incident influenced her greatly and she wanted to paint a painting to pray for the health and happiness of her family. Korean folk paintings are drawn by people who have not received formal art education, and are practical paintings to decorate living spaces. And to this day, she continues to create works using the techniques of Korean folk paintings. Lee has painted a number of self-portraits, using 'green onion' as a symbol of herself. Green onion is a relatively inexpensive and a subsidiary ingredient that makes the main ingredient stand out. It is soft but hard at the same time.
Sang A Han depicts an unfamiliar landscape in which ordinary events and emotions that anyone can experience are mixed with fantasy. Han's narrative, dyed with multiple layers of ink, metaphorically captures the anxiety and hope she faces when establishing her identity as a parent and as a female artist. She tells the story of an unfamiliar struggle while living as a woman as well as an artist in Korean society. 'Unfamiliar Prayer' and 'Praying Tower' are works about the happiness that comes after becoming a family of four, along with the anxiety that surrounds them. With a prayerful heart wishing that she had a 'safe day today', she decided to build a breathtaking tower.
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