White Series : Yeo-baek, Beauty of Emptiness
In my White Series, two essential elements are the texture of the broken stone and the simplicity evoked from the plain white color. The crackle texture mixed with different stone medium, makes a value structure through the natural color of materials. As the dense texture meets the white color on the canvas, it creates a specific space. It organizes, separates, concentrates, and balances various areas within the painting. The dense texture and white plain surface simultaneously create a fragile and powerful space. In Asian culture, emptiness is interpreted and emphasized in a unique way. Emptiness (여백; yeo-baek) is not a meaningless void or a blank. It rather functions as a generous room for viewers to fill in with their thoughts.
The beauty of emptiness is the gentle and embracing gesture of an open space. It is a factor that activates the weight and tensions in the whole work, which is a descriptive element of my works. Moreover, for me, white is the inclusion of the intensity given by the reductive sense and simplicity of minimalism and monochromatic painting. My understanding of Western aesthetics gained from studying in New York and my understanding of Korean traditional aesthetics led me to employ the mixture of white surface and conspicuous texture.