The Annunciation

May 2019

Annunciation was one of the manifestations of the Genesis Trilogy followed by the transformation of the Time Machine. It is a series of functional sculptures (or tools) for fabricating parts of the future sonic/kinetic sculpture, inspired by reinterpreting Christian concepts of logos, Annunciation, and Incarnation. 

 

The experience of conceiving the inner voice was a kind of profound religious revelation like Annunciation — I started to see Mother Mary as the epitome of a divine artist who gave birth to a revolutionary paradigm. This insight had a huge impact on how I perceived art and the relationship between idea, artist, and the artwork. The essence of the artistic practice resembles the incarnation of God in Christ through Mary: the idea comes to the artist, then he/she nurtures the idea to come alive. Art is the celebration of the birth of the idea, and motherhood was a genuine mindset of an artist. In that sense, art is the mother of all disciplines.

Annunciation, 2019

powder coated steel, plywood, cedar, metal-plated alginate, plexiglass and hardware

The Jig for the Spine, 2019

powder coated steel, plywood and hardware

23.5"x 4.5" x 48"h 

Jig for the Cranium, 2019

powder coated steel, plywood, concrete and steel rod

19"x 19"x 53"h

Undiscovered Identity, 2019

powder coated steel, plywood, and CyberKnife surgical mask

Altar for the Sacred, 2019

powder coated steel, plywood and CyberKnife surgical mask

23"x 23"x 20.5"h

 

This table is a resting altar for the sacred who will play the music to overcome the illusion of life and death. The red-disc face will be the core representative element for future sculpture.

Mother Moulds for the Hands, 2019

powder coated steel, plywood and iron-plated alginate

6"x 8"x 16"h (left) 18"x 5.5"x 13"h (right)

 

These mother moulds were used to cast my fingers and partial hand into wax, then later casted into aluminum. After the maternal process, it has been aestheticized by the symbolic shapes and colors.

The Hands, 2019

aluminum and brass-plated

5"x 3"x 2"h

These aluminum and brass-plated hands and fingers will be used as instrumental part of playing music by creating kinetic sound and motion.

Project Proposal (written in February 2019)

 

It has been an exciting transition in the way I understand my practice of sculpture. While reflecting my previous works from London, I could perceive the boundary between idea, object and myself that affirms the independency between us while coexistence as a singularity. I thought about Mother Mary who conceived the son of God (timeless presence), and the meaning of Incarnation regarding the essence of the artistic practice as creating object by conceiving ideas. I was particularly interested in the moment Mary got the news about her son by the angel (known as Annunciation). 

 

I desire to explore this discovery/reinterpretation deeply to invent/reform my identity. My early works tend to be separated from myself as physical imitations of my psyche and thought experiment that aim to communicate with the viewers autonomously. As I now perceive the independency of the artwork that represents my identity and the presence of timeless idea, I begin to wonder the image of the unity of the trinity in a set of environments such as performance and photography. I wonder if an object can affirm itself an identity throughout the multiple layers of processing after being made. I am curious how the discovery of its identity responds to and synthesizes with mine to pursue the present fraction of the knowledge of the vast idea. 

 

I am interested in making several subjects of finalized cast that would combine with other found objects and structural materials such as wood and metal. I am planning to begin with making parts and develop into a completed object throughout the semester. I would like to explore heavy and durable materials with strong modular that allows a dynamic performance. Also, I hope to expand my dialogue with this project in terms of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, and biotechnology. I aim to achieve professional finish in physicality of the object and surface, and documentation as photography and video.

I will present this artwork in EXPO show at the end of semester.

Digital Fabrication Design, 2019

Illustrator

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