My heart mapping
I read chapter 5 of Awakening the Heart by Georgia Heard to learn about heart mapping that sharpens our inner vision. The point of heart mapping is not necessary to write poetry but to access the emotions, memories, and reflections that are the source of poetry—clearing your inner vision.
After thinking about how to apply the effect of this mapping to me, I decided to draw my career as an artist as a heart map. I'm sure this will be an excellent visual tool to show people who ask me, "How did you become a painter?" at a glance.
In that sense, I started with Alfred Dürer's rabbit on the bottom under the heart, which I first strongly encountered with painting. After that, a fish, a parakeet, the beauty of nature I learned from my deceased father when I was little, is drawn. The sea of Japanese ukiyo-e styles in my father's old picture book spreads out. But the crow in the middle means the death of the father. Feeling skeptical about everything, I left Korea entirely and flew to Germany.
In Germany, I met a turning point as an artist through the poly gallery on the right. The forests and castles in Germany inspired me a lot and made me realize what happiness is worth. Then, like the American eagle in the upper right, I came to America in search of freedom and vision. The lighthouse on the far left is a famous landmark in my area. The lighthouse is shining brightly. The heart leads to the eyes of a small heart. In other words, when I look back on my life, it symbolizes that the lonely, dark, and miserable past has become brighter through painting, finding meaning, and experiencing love.
This love makes another love like the picture. Just as my life has found true freedom in America, I'm sure my life as an artist will also be.
Myungja Anna Koh