Gache Giantess

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.

3gache3gache4x6inch gache_refuge

Refuge, Ink on Paper, 10.16 x 15.24 cm, 2010©

         2gache2gache4x6gaches_descended

Descended, Ink on Paper, 10.16 x 15.24 cm, 2010©

1gache1gache3x5inch gache bound

Bound, Ink on Paper, 7.6 x 12.7 cm, 2010©

          4gache4gache4x6inch gaches gaze

Gaze, Ink on Paper, 10.16 x 15.24 cm, 2010© 

                                                                                                                                6gache6gache4x6ingaches from the netherworldFrom the netherworld, Ink, Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper, 10.16 x 15.24 cm, 2010©

8gache8gachegache4x6inch existing matter and space

From existing matter and space, Ink, Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper, 10.16 x 15.24 cm,  2010©

10gache10gachegacheFD 21.5x30cm providence    Providence, Acrylic and Pen on Paper, 21.5 x 29.5 cm, 2010©

7gache7gachegache FD 21.5x29.5cm easybreezyEasy breezy, Acrylic and Pen on Paper, 21.5 x 30 cm, 2010©

9gache9gachegacheFD 21.5x29cm reverence  Reverence, Acrylic and Pen on Paper, 21.5 x 29 cm, 2010©

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