As I started painting, I firmly believed that art and life are one. Above all, I have focused my work on objects that show invisible energy, that is, on metaphorically making aesthetic objects. For this kind of work, for example, when I look at a tree, it seems solid and brittle, but inside it, there is an intense energy that bends but never breaks easily. This is probably a trace of life, such as the annual rings of a tree, created by enduring rain and wind for a long time.
When I saw a tree in this sense, I thought that the shape of the tree itself was art. By this principle, life is also beautiful in my eyes. Above all, as I endured and overcome countless rainstorms, I understood why God gave me a brush handle and sent it to me. He must have judged that a brush handle is needed more than anything else in a turbulent and challenging world. I came to the world holding a brush like that.
Painting has always been my best friend, my lifelong side. The two people on the boat at the bottom of my map are the main character and his friend from Dante's Divine Comedy. This was a scene from a painting by the German Romantic painter Friedrich. Alongside Dante's journey through Hell, his teacher and friend Virgil are there. Art to me is Virgilius. He has always been by my side and always will be. I came to America on Dante's ship and was given the gift of a liberty brush. And I can freely express my art in a free environment. I am light, happy, and excited like a balloon on my map. I painted this picture with watercolors. Just as my life journey has crossed the sea and the Pacific Ocean horizontally and reached this point, my map starts from the sea and continues to the sea. I want my life to be an extraordinary voyage, ambitious ship and a happy balloon in the future.
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Myungja Anna Koh