Universal Rules

One day I discovered that all of my plants had died from dehydration since I hadn’t watered them regularly. I wondered, "What if I grew a plant that lived underwater?" I found the answer to that which is a "pumila”. That is a plant which sustains itself immersed in water. At first I thought it was a great idea and kept the plant in a clear, beautiful jar full of water next to the window.

In two days, however, the water in the jar got so low that the roots weren't able to access any of the water. I had to water them periodically. It wasn't as good an idea as I initially thought it was. I continued to water them and wished the roots to grow longer and longer but it didn't make a difference.

Then one day I couldn't get into my studio for two weeks. After those two weeks when I came back to the studio with anxiety about my Pumila plant, I saw a strange thing. As I thought, the water was nearly gone, but the roots of the Pumila grew longer than before.

After that I could break off the yoke of repetitive living.

Indeed, living is easy. We just don't know how to do it.

Depth of life, Hand colouring over an aquatint, 50×90cm, 2008

Depth Of Life

As the water in a plant jar lessens, the root of the plant must stretch itself to survive. And no matter how low the water is, the long and strong root can survive beyond others.

This rule is not confined to the plant. A person who struggles and makes best efforts has a stronger will for a better life and can make the depth of life more profound.

Now I am pressed with work and have no scope but I think this is a process. I am in the process of making my root longer.

Truth Is All Around., 60 x 40cm, Hand Colouring Over an Aquatint, 2008


Lost Direction

In the midst of elaborate and chaotic electric signs in midtown New York, I had completely lost my way one cloudy day. I had no idea which way was North or South. I wandered from place to place for awhile.

But this misdirection doesn’t happen only in the streets of New York, but anywhere or anyhow we may live.

In another situation, I found myself mindlessly surfing the web when my initial intent was to find specific information on the web or compose an email.

While you go through life, if you don't start by focusing on a particular task, you may find yourself gravitating towards an unexpected direction.  

Lost Direction, Hand colouring over an aquatint, 60×90cm, 2008


An Early Bird.

I once owned a watch that was not accurate in telling time. One day I glanced at the watch to check the time. Surprisingly it was working just fine.

Coincidentally, I thought that this watch may have measured my relative time. The time accelerates when I live hastily and slows down when I live at a quieter pace. If that sort of watch really existed, I would buy one without hesitation.

 An earlybird, Hand colouring over an aquatint, 40×60cm, 2008


Do You Know What I Am Saying?

An acquaintance visited me at the studio and exclaimed, "A rat just ran behind you!" I dismissed what he said as false because I had never seen a rat in the studio or even a hole that indicated there would be any rats. But he was quite serious when he said so. I assumed that it was just his imagination.

The very next day I heard that someone at the adjoining studio had caught a rat. I couldn't believe my ears so I went to see for myself. Sure enough, a little rat had been captured in a clear trash bag. I was speechless.

I wondered and questioned what I had believed up to that point. Now I am still questioning which reasoning is actually reliable.

Do you know what I am saying?, Hand colouring over an aquatint, 40×60cm, 2008


Was Here

I once had a wonderful time with a teacher whom I respect. We started to drink two, then three different kinds of liquor and ended with a rare kind called "Windsor 21.” We were talking and drinking throughout the night.

I don’t even recall when I fell asleep. But I clearly remember the next morning when I opened my eyes, I found a completely empty bottle of brandy next to me. I was shocked when I realized that we had drunk the entire bottle. I had assumed that my friend had finished the bottle after I fell asleep. I was upset that I drew a complete blank of the previous night’s events and was more upset by the fact that I couldn't remember the experience of drinking high-end brandy for the first time.

It seems to mean nothing if I can’t remember the experience of partaking in something valuable. And what about my life? If no one remembers my work, does my worthwhile life mean nothing?

Was here, Hand colouring over an aquatint, 60×40cm, 2008


  1. 2017 13.Cotton flowers outdoors

  2. 2017 12.Cotton flowers indoors

  3. 2017 11.Cotton flowers indoors

  4. 2017 10.Cotton flowers indoors

  5. 2017 09.Cotton flowers indoors

  6. 2017 08.Seeds In Order

  7. 2017 07.Harvested Cotton Wool

  8. 2017 06.Circle of Life

  9. 2017 05.When I was a flower

  10. 2017 04.When I was a flower

  11. 2017 03.When I was a flower

  12. 2017 02.When I was a flower

  13. 2017 01.When I was a flower

  14. 2017 00.A particle of dust in the universe

  15. 2017 00.A particle of dust

  16. 2017 0.Ceremony of Pilgrimage for the revival of etching

  17. 2016 22.Studio View

  18. 2016 21.Scarecrow

  19. 2016 20. An Incubator For Cotton Flowers

  20. 2016 19. 디자인정글 리뷰

  21. 2016 18. 전시 리뷰

  22. 2016 16. The Dual Mirrors Reflection Device Of Light

  23. 2016 15. Weeds

  24. 2016 14. Scarecrow

  25. 2016 13. An Incubator For Cotton Flowers

  26. 2016 12. Shyness

  27. 2016 11. An Array of Pots VI

  28. 2016 10. An Array of Pots V

  29. 2016 09. An Array of Pots IV

  30. 2016 08. An Array of Pots III

  31. 2016 07. An Array of Pots II

  32. 2016 06. An Array of Pots I

  33. 2016 05. An Incubator For Seedlings on Pots

  34. 2016 04. Self Watering

  35. 2016 03. An Incubator For Seedlings

  36. 2016 02. Seeds In Order

  37. 2016 01. Self Lighting

  38. 2016 00. 전시 프리뷰

  39. 2016 00. 엽서 (Post Card)

  40. 2015 Walking People 3

  41. 2015 Walking People 2

  42. 2015 walking people

  43. 2015 Save me

  44. 2015 Read me

  45. 2015 Memories of the Lost Giant

  46. 2015 Flush me

  47. 2015 5.Show me

  48. 2015 5.Remember me

  49. 2015 5.Drink me

  50. 2015 4.Light me

  51. 2015 3.Eat me

  52. 2015 2.Age me

  53. 2015 1.Find me

  54. 2015 - Statement -

  55. 2015 - References -

  56. 2014 Write me

  57. 2014 The Taxidermy of the Memory

  58. 2014 The big bang

  59. 2014 Somewhere

  60. 2014 People I Know

  61. 2014 I am...

  62. 2014 A policeman vs 100 people

  63. 2014 A particle of dust 2

  64. 2014 A particle of dust 1

  65. 2014 - References -

  66. 2013 Wondersea

  67. 2013 A simplification

  68. 2012 The universe 3

  69. 2012 The universe 2

  70. 2012 The universe 1

  71. 2010 Walking in the mist

  72. 2010 - Statement -

  73. 2010 - References -

  74. 2009 somewhere

  75. 2009 Nowhere

  76. 2009 Living in New york

  77. 2008 Universal Rules

  78. 2008 Multiple

  79. 2007 Overflow

  80. 2006 Overflow

  81. - CV -

  82. - Contact -

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