Recent watercolor painting: Resilience & Determination.
When I draw for a long time, at some point I realize that it is not I who is drawing, but the white paper that I thought was empty space. When I write down the image or concept I think or imagine on a white piece of paper, a certain dimension opens up on the paper, leading me to discover the code of that image. I have this experience often, and each time I am amazed at the power and wonder of art.
And before this inspiration is obtained and the invisible spirit is transformed into a visible work, one experiences a state of extreme worry, conflict, and empathy. When I am in this state, I must go through it stably without becoming sensitive, and then I will finally be able to obtain the password of the code that the space called paper wanted to tell me.
For a while I thought about the Altamira murals. The reason was because I was curious about the orange bull I once saw in a dream. I searched for the beautiful bull I had seen in my dream and discovered that its image was similar to the cow of Altamira. I started studying about this bull. Why did Homo sapiens sapiens who lived in caves diligently draw dark red-orange cows in deep, dark caves? I am curious about the reason and purpose of drawing this cow as there were not many cows like this at the time.
I also imagine that there was an artist just like me in that era, who would light a torch, raise his head, and draw pictures every day in a low posture. The cows in the Altamira murals were drawn very three-dimensionally and vividly, making good use of the unevenness of the cave and using the light and shade often used by artists. Perhaps that is why the thrill and emotion of that painting is still conveyed even today, B.C 18,000 years later.
I was intrigued by the powerful, primitive desires of such ancient people. And it made me think that such a desire might be humanity's instinct to draw. I think that paintings have always been with us from the moment humanity existed. Therefore, people have a fundamental desire for beauty.
Unlike humans, animals do not create and preserve works of art or express their emotions or souls. If humans only focus on survival itself, I think it is the result of neglecting art, which is one of human privileges. I believe that art helps humans overcome adversity and gain determination for a better life. This made me think that art resembles a bull, symbolizing resilience and determination. So perhaps the ancient people wanted to practice the spirit of art by living like a bull. While thinking about this, I was inspired by two beautiful bulls and painted them in watercolor.
Myungja Anna Koh