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The Original Maple _ #The Original Maple Room, 2014


Similar to political matters of history, fiction based on personal history is also a leitmotif in my whimsical installations, when the artist is playing the role of an archivist. In my project The Original Maple, in which I initiated from being deceived to purchase ‘faux’ maple frames from online, I started exploring our perception of the originality of mundane object, such as ‘maple.’ In this project, I pinpointed the nexus of fact and fiction, personal and general ideas of the subject ‘maple.’ To narrate imaginary histories of each elements, I meticulously archived and created myriad layers of myth, a fictional letter of a young widow based on family history, double-sided prints mounted in both veneer and genuine maple frames, murals, a collection of solar-panels and raindrops for a funeral of golden-winged-seeds, allegories, poetry, and even a video game—all that claims to be the story of The Original Maple.





The Original Maple _ # The Letter of A Young Widow, 2014

Hardground and softground etching, drypoint with chine-collé (front) relief print (back) veneer maple wood frame, a set of brace grommet, glass, ink and adhesive transferred on to the wall  / 76.2 x 48.3 cm (Print size)


The Original Maple_ # Maple Leaf Rag, 2014

Typewritten text, pencil and silverpoint on paper, a set of gold grommet, high-fire glazed stoneware, acrylic and choke powder on artificial leather, shower curtain ring, Ink and adhesive transferred on  to the wall 43.8 x 19.7 cm (paper size) 61 x 63.5 cm (Frame size) Installation Scale Variable


The Original Maple _ # Every Day and Every Night (Reunion at The Tree House of Matibo), 2014

Color Lithograph on tissue paper mounted on marble and plastic tile, acrylic paint, vinyl lettering on floor / 30.48 x 30.48 cm (Each)


The Original Maple _ # The Letter of A Young Widow 2, 2014

Relief on Korean Hanji paper, artificial flower, lined letter sheet and golden clip / 35.5 x 52.7 cm (Print size)


The Original Maple _ #Funeral of A Young Golden Winged Seed, 2014

Maple winged seed covered in gold leaf, solar cell platae fragments, silverpoint ground on copperplate and a clip /15.24 x 22.86 cm


The Original Maple_ # Four Seasons (Why Still Waiting), 2014

Collagraph on Mulberry paper / 35.56cm x 43.18cm (Each, A Portfolio of 5 Unique Prints)

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