My healing stone, Dragon Eye.
Thomas Maeder (1989) has extensively studied children of psychologists and psychiatrists. He observed that many of these people became artists as adults and wondered, "Why should so many people get into art?" (p. 259). We too have pondered this question, theorizing the role of the artist as a kind of shamanic calling to provide different types of healing through perception, reflection and creation. “Can’t today’s artists and writers fill the void left by the shaman?” (Jones, 2007, p. 2).
I, too, have thought of my work as a kind of shaman. It is fate that I draw, and if I do not draw, I feel like there is a second me that leads me to something, so I draw like a kind of attraction. This attraction is a kind of shamanic invocation that offers different types of healing through perception, reflection, and creation, as written above. I decided to make a kind of stone art of rune stone with this meaning.
First, I dye a plain, patterned round egg-shaped stone I picked up on the beach with blue ink. Then trace the shape inside the stone with a gold marker. At this time, I followed the rune that came out of nature itself and drew it as if meditating with the idea of expressing it on the surface. This work was serious, it calms the mind, and it is done as if having a conversation with the inanimate stone.
As I worked, I paid attention to the signs made by stones and paths like tree rings. It's like a dinosaur egg that became a fossil, and it's like a life that is trying to stop cell division .
I put 24K gold leaf paper on it to give it more accent as an accessory. Then, a thin layer of resin was applied to make it shine like a sapphire jewel.
The finished stone shines as beautifully as a real gem.
Myungja Anna Koh