In 2007 I came across a painting by Hyewon, an 18th century Korean painter from the Joseon-period. I instantly became enchanted by the enormous braided mass adorning the Korean woman’s delicate head. Since then I have become obsessed with this wig called “gache” and it has become an icon in my work.
I read an account of a thirteen-year-old Korean bride whose tragic demise was caused by her “gache”. Her neck broke because of the cumbersome wig, which can weigh up to 3 to 4 kilograms.
The allure of the “gache” has launched a personal dialogue regarding our notions of beauty and vanity, our need to adorn our bodies, and the absurdity of these notions and needs. My work is a blend of fantasy, enchantment and the ludicrous.
Refuge, Ink on Paper, 10.16 x 15.24 cm, 2010©
Descended, Ink on Paper, 10.16 x 15.24 cm, 2010©
Bound, Ink on Paper, 7.6 x 12.7 cm, 2010©
From the netherworld, Ink, Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper, 10.16 x 15.24 cm, 2010©
From existing matter and space, Ink, Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper, 10.16 x 15.24 cm, 2010©
Providence, Acrylic and Pen on Paper, 21.5 x 29.5 cm, 2010©
Easy breezy, Acrylic and Pen on Paper, 21.5 x 30 cm, 2010©