Evergreen

2023
Glass, essential oil, silver
Variable size

"My name is..."
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary, MMCA Residency Changdong, Seoul, South Korea

"Evergreen" is rooted in the memories of my family members, representing an anonymous figure in the historical context of someone who resiliently survived in both Korea and Japan after the war. Using the pine tree as a metaphor, symbolising the Korean people, I present two distinct works. The first is a distill and blend of essential oils extracted from Korean and Japanese pine trees, poured into a glass bottle, with the quantity of oil symbolizing the weight of the soul at 21 grams. The fragrance, which has become a non-visual entity through distillation, gently permeates the exhibition space. Additionally, the silver chain suspending the glass bottle is likened to a coastline, symbolising the border between Japan and South Korea. The other work comprises two photographic pieces that feature a mixture of Japanese and Korean pines. Captured intentionally without focusing, the colors stand out as if the differences were mixed together. These works depict the process of a Korean family living in Japan assimilating into Japanese society, mirroring the assimilation of people born in Japan into Korean society.

Cooperation:
Takuhito Kawashima (kontakt co ltd.)
Epo Labo (Distillation)
First Grade (Glass)
Green Peace (Pine tree)
Yoshihiro Inada (Video)


Photo: Ahreum Woo

Melting into color

2023
Pigment print
H90 × W127 cm each

Photo: Chad Park


Evergreen (Video)