Myungja Anna Koh
Art is a prayer
Last week, I had severe shoulder pain, one of my occupational diseases. Sometimes, when I had chronic pain in my shoulder and couldn't lift anything, it was hard to wake up. I felt the pain and found that I need to take some rest for further creative activities.
My artistic activities can be such an enlivening work that it's worth the efforts, but it also follows physical pain and sometimes emotional struggles.
When I suffered from the pain, my daughter, Celina came to me and told me, "You go see a dentist," and I asked her, "Why should I go to a dental office instead of going to a family doctor's office."
My Celina answered me thoughtfully, " Because the dentist has lots of ice bags."
I realized that children think very creatively and with different aspects, and then I always learn about my four-year-old daughter's artistic attitude.
Here is the collection of her artworks; enjoy her fantasy world.
A Small Bird is an adaptation of the traditional Korean pottery style Goryeo Celadon on mulberry paper. Its clear, delicate blue-green glaze characterizes Goryeo Celadon pottery. Its distinctive pattern attributes itself to Sangam, a unique technique of inlaying patterns on the surface of the celadon, which was developed in the mid-12th century Goryeo.
I depicted surface crack by crumpling a piece of thin mulberry paper. Then, I made the grounding using white acrylic paint. When drawing my bird, I carefully added pressure to the paper, paying close attention to the forces between my finger and the brush. Mistakes in balancing these forces could make the painting have a cartoon-like aesthetic which I wanted to avoid. Lastly, I populated the background with dried flowers and leaves and poured resin on the surface.
Balance is the fundamental of meditation, so in essence, I paint through meditation. A Small Bird challenged me as I had to pay special attention to the forces between my fingers, the brush, and the paper. Ultimately, exploring these forces helped me express Goryeo Celadon pottery’s inlaying painting through acrylic techniques.
(Special Thanks to my son, Minseob, for helping me with editing this post).