eun ju cho

I live in between Korea and Australia. My work, which is influenced by several traditional Korean arts, expresses my inner self reflecting on my life in Korea and my home in Australia. I want to express the dancing colours I experience in my beautiful daily life. I use many bright colours to express my confidence in my newfound independence living in Australia. In traditional Korean homes, changmoon are used as windows and doors. The influence of changmoon in my work communicates my transition between Korea and Australia. Turquoise traditionally symbolises pureness, cleanliness and the sky. Yellow and pink, used in hanbok – traditional Korean dress – for unmarried women, symbolises their innocence. Orange is the colour of light, warmth and the living things of nature. It makes me picture a fruit-bearing persimmon tree in the Korean countryside, the smell of wood burning in a fireplace. I have also used striped colours called saekdong which refers to the striped colours on the sleeves of a young child’s hanbok which are believed to protect them from evil spirits. The lines of my work are inspired by the lines of the tie of jeogori, part of the hanbok, called goreum. When mothers are breastfeeding, they must untie the goreum to feed their baby. In this sense, the goreum is a literal life line. The thread used in my wooden structures is thread used for jogakbo, traditional Korean wrapping cloths. I used these colours to confidently express my innocence and open nature. I hope that the viewer feels God’s comfort and pure peace. 

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