I walk along the Tancheon (a tributary of Seoul's Han River) often these days with my sister.
I used to think my sister was a perfectionist who insisted on the best of everything, someone who was like a solid stone brick wall.
While walking along the stream, she asked me to sit with her below a weeping willow and have coffee. Various topics of conversation prickled my ears, and I was able to meet an unexpected side to my sister. In that moment, I felt the scenery of Tancheon become distant, filtered into greyscale.
The weeping willow, continuously flowing down with its infinite repetition of straight lines and the charm of curves that fill the spaces in between --
I listened to my sister's enchanting talk about how she came to love herself by casting off all greed, and understanding and accepting things in life, and I felt catharsis, along with remorse.
Sincere conversation with another person allows you to throw away the debris in your heart and brings new strength by pulling up things from deep down. Is this not the joy of conversing? Needing nothing more, a smile spread on my face and a delicate happiness found me. I believe that happiness to be like the color white.
Upon laying down all greed, from nature, from color -- painting the color white in repeated strokes does not make it darker, or mix it with anything.
There is a white sketch technique in Korean painting. Without expressing light or shade, the technique involves painting lines with a single color. I intend to incorporate this technique along with scratch techniques in my work, restraining myself from many things, with a clear mind and zero gravity heart.
On an autumn day, October 2018
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