As a contemporary artist, I have developed a studio practice that takes up the position of a ‘psychological archaeologist’.
By taking this position, I seek to unearth vulnerable mental states covered by contemporary society, playing with fragile bone-like imagery and sculptural forms.
Witnessing South Korean mental issues in contrast to the triumphal economic development, it has been a pivotal subject to interrogate how relationships between individual inner worlds and systematic outer worlds are formed. At the boundary they meet, I found that the loss of details in the internal world is caused when individuals are identified by the external status system. For instance, our status in the contemporary capitalist society, which seems to be mainly qualified by profitability, overtakes individual our value system causing comparative deprivations.
Engaged with this notion, scientific museum curation where the nature and presence of artifacts are presented and hidden within this convention of display is where I visually situate my practice and begin to explore our cultural and social status system by using the method of museum display as a metaphor of how we portray society. At the same time, the fragility of materials I handle can be viewed as an exploration of individual mental states such as precarity, anxiety, instability and vanity. Juxtaposition and mix match of these two parallel worlds are where I explore and excavate as a ‘psychological archaeologist’.