“Working entirely begins from inner emotions.
I work based on a premise that many people have such emotions.
Those emotions are hard to explain exactly by words, spoken or written.
Only words can't explain the emotions of the deep abyss, which human have.
Therefore, I would like to make people feel those feelings through drawings“.
Dept. of Oriental Painting, general graduate school at Hongik Univ.
The Pen and Ink exhibition, held in HOMA(Hongik of Museum Art) on Jan 15-19,
2018, offered works of various characteristics.
There were only attractive works on exhibition.
I especially want to introduce an artist, Park Sung-jin (hereafter SJ),
most popular among Hongik Tidings reporters.
HT : Hello Sung-jin. Would you please introduce yourself breifly?
SJ : Hello. I'm Park Sung-jin and I'm in the Dept. of Oriental Painting, general graduate school at Hongik University. I entered Hongik Univ. in 2011 and now I'm in my final semester.
HT : We greatly enjoyed your work at the exhibition.
Did you have a decisive reason why you tried to become an artist?
SJ : I’ve drawn pictures since I was young. As I also studied art at high school, I came to choose to major in art.
The decisive reason to be an artist was when I entered university.
I suffered from depression, wanted to solve it and to express something.
The method for this was art. It was the most familiar tool.
The moment I began working properly was also from that time.
HT : We were also surprised at your diverse oriental painting works.
Would you please explain the more charming points of oriental painting?
SJ : In fact, there are many kinds of material and types in oriental painting.
Because oriental painting is not restricted, I try to utilize various materials.
Individually I think the most charming point of oriental painting is that running and flowing down are done in an instant. It is attractive, that something unintentionally traced is viewed in a picture.
I think it is similar to the emotions I can express. Things quickly absorbing and running, build up and make pictures.
HT : Works in this exhibition were all from the blue group. Do the blue colors have big meaning to you?
SJ : In color study, blue colors often give people gloomy feelings.
However I didn't intend that, I thought blue colors fit to express my emotions.
Looks cold, gives me a deep sense of gloomy feelings, it is abstract, and while seeing it, felt like the emotions I felt.
Therefore, I had worked with ink before, I used blue ink instead of normal black ink.
HT : The works in this exhibition look dissimilar to former works. Am I right?
SJ : I thought while doing the former work, I was too repetitive using the same things.
Works I did in the past were drawing the eyes. I did works to express my emotions and to get people to look back their emotions. Nevertheless, at some points I felt the need to change.
With the mindset of 'I should not do it this way', 'I have to do my best as an artist', I thought harshly toward myself.
So I thought to try new challenges, in technique and the sustaining flows I've done before.
My mind goes to this because I drew it during a big personal slump last year.
What the sky I saw, at daybreak on the way to my workplace
and at night on the way back home after work, seemed like me.
To be sucked into the dark and with no answer to be found. It looks like me, so I drew it.
For a time I was in the middle of a mannerism phase. I began drawing with the mind of starting something new. These lines originated from my habit, what I usually do to organize my thoughts
or to do mind control. Drawing lines and making them run again and again,
it is a work to make people have time to organize their thoughts.
HT : What kind of artist do you want to be?
SJ : Hmm...I want to be an artist that can make people feel the emotions that everyone has, by drawing pictures based on the emotions I have.
HT : Lastly, you said the materials and inspirations of your works are based on emotions. Do you have any other emotions you want to express later by drawing?
SJ : I did my works based on feeling depression and now I'm drawing about anxiety, which every person has if they are human. I'm bright outwardly, but in my heart I usually think about anxiety and loneliness. Thus, in the future if I may feel really bright emotions, I would like to abstractly explain those emotions. Perhaps, for a while I will work on anxiety.
HT : Thanks for the interview.
SJ : I enjoyed it too.
Choi Bugeun email@example.com
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