A Painting a Month
I have been making paintings by writing using sentences or words that vary, depending on the day and how I feel at that moment. Every day, at a random time, I sit on a chair in front of a canvas. I pick the color and tool that I’m most attracted to at that moment and start to write what comes to my mind at that specific moment. I do not care about what or how I wrote before; I just paint over the previous layer. This activity is repeated daily. I start painting on a new canvas every first day of the month and end every last day of the month. As a result, each canvas eventually has about 30 layers and represents a specific month. I make these paintings with acrylic paints using different tools like brushes, knives, fingers, etc.
Depending on the day, I use colors and brush strokes that reflect an awareness of my actions in various ways. For example, sometimes I spend some time mixing colors carefully to create the precise color that I want at that moment and touching the canvas with a brush softly, while on another day, I just used paint without mixing it with other colors and applied it roughly with my fingers. When I paint, I try to neglect other elements that disrupt my consciousness. The choice of colors, methods, compositions, thickness of paints, words, and writing styles are not planned. I use both English and Korean, but the choice of language each day is not intended. Rather, it is spontaneous. I try to stay focused on my pure mental state at that time. In other words, I follow my stream of my consciousness, regardless of what I painted previously. This process tracks my time as well as being a very honest dairy. My painting becomes a record of every day of my life. Because of this, I consider my work to be a form of self-portrait painting.