With color thread including metallic silver one,
I hand embroidered around the cut out holes from the mulberry paper,
which resembles silhouette woman….
The embroidered paper is sponge bathed with transparent pigment multiple
times till it gives the sense of certain time of the day, as if the
filtered sun light coming through the rice paper window….
31 panels of mulberry paper window drawings are hung for the installation
on invisible walls and ceiling of the room that I created within
the gallery space.
As a girl, I lived in a Hanok, a traditional Korean
house. The windows were made of delicately designed wooden grid structures
covered entirely with rice paper. ….Making holes through the
window of my room was forbidden. But my curious mind always led me
to make holes with a wet finger, to look outside and be scolded by
an adult…This memory was recalled later in the US-- my art
career was on hold while I stayed home to be a full-time homemaker,
raising children in the suburbs. ….Although it was a rewarding
and joyful experience, I also felt entrapment and isolation, seeing
the world through the window.