The founder of Culture Foundation for OCI Museum Hoi-Rim Lee’s office
Mr. Hoi-Rim Lee
I choose one of his calligraphy works, "身分無物" (meaning "Nothing Extra"), as the original piece for my ink painting.
The OCI Museum curator Younggi Kim helped me to communicate with the mounting specialist Min-Haeng Lee
The mounting specialist Min-Haeng Lee studied the fabric I found at the Dongdaemun Market
I bought a lot Korean traditional handmade papersI and the studio is called Jang Ji Bang.
Drawing Dialogue in Seoul:
Hoi-Rim Lee—Nothing Extra, 2019
Pencil drawing on the founder of Culture Foundation for OCI Museum Hoi-Rim Lee’s calligraphy, Korean handmade paper, Traditional mulberry paper, Acrylic stick, Ribbon and Fabric
120 x 31.5 cm
Mr. Lee Hoi-Rim is the founder of OCI Art Museum in Seoul, where I was an artist-in-residence. He diligently practiced calligraphy in his office every day. Upon the suggestion of his family, I decided to choose one of his calligraphy works, "身分無物" (meaning "Nothing Extra"), as the original piece for my ink painting.
I am quite curious about Mr. Lee's state of mind when he wrote "身分無物." As a successful entrepreneur, he lacked nothing in his lifetime. Did he aspire to a purer spiritual level when practicing calligraphy? This is why I decided to mount a very thin sheet of Hanji paper on top of the completed work, which will press against the calligraphy, pencil drawing, and mounting fabric. I want to bring all life activities back to their purest origin: nothingness.
Lastly, I added a written dialogue on the artwork using a pencil. On this Hanji paper, I wrote: "When I was ten years old, I told my father. When I grow up, I want to become an artist with no identity, and I will die on the streets. Please don't come to save me because that's how Van Gogh was." Liu Wenxuan / 2019, 12, 19 / Seoul.