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As an artist, I aim to capture my feelings in regard to each subject matter. Also, I explore with various media and select the one that most enhances the subject matter. In order to unlimit and challenge myself, I do not hesitate to mix different types of medium when creating a piece of work. I strongly believe that mixing helps create new originals from the existing ones. In my recent works, I have been combining my hand-made paintings with my digital MRI scans, thus creating a new, original piece out of the two fundamental materials. Combining my interests in color with my MRI/CT scans, I explored the idea of seeing genuine, pure features and thinking about the inner side of one’s purity. Nowadays, we judge so many things based on our appearance. However, looking at the MRI/CT scans, I only thought of the existence of myself, something that was not pretended or fabricated. This work also shows how a hand-made work can be nicely mixed with digital.
In childhood, when I told my friends that my father is a radiologist, most of the kids asked me what radiology is. But to me, MRI, CT, and sonograms were all very familiar since I was little. I often saw my dad working at night at home after the clinic hours. I remember I loved the sound of click my dad made when he stuck up those films on a bright, white film viewer, which is no longer present due to the development of computer software. There is this special connection between MRI/CT scans and me, since I always think of my childhood and my dad when I see them. However, when I got examined with MRI, all the familiar images turned into frightening imageries. All the machines that I loved to be around turned into the things that made me suffer from claustrophobia.
Adding onto these personal feelings, connecting the nature with human body is very interesting because I believe that the nature has much analogy with human body. Going further from the nature, I portrayed such tension and feelings, which I had when examined, with a wide range of color. For this piece, I chose red to depict my feelings of the moment when I took this particular MRI scan. Surrounded by a huge MRI machine, I was very uptight and scared.
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