Humans have long visualized abstract concepts such as religion and law using writing systems. We make amulets for the purpose of praying for the happiness of individuals and groups, or fortunetelling, and sometimes record human wishes with text, including the interpretation of the operation of the universe. Such a behavior has been handed down from ancient times to the present in similar patterns. It is a fundamental human desire to avoid fear about invisible beings and phenomena as well as ill luck and to pray for blessings. “A Sacred Tree” deals with the wishes and beliefs of artists who have shown unique visual expressions. This part highlights the balance of life and an attitude to wish for it (Dohee Kwon), the wisdom from tradition and experience (Zhao Liu), the symbol of good luck based on personal experience (Studio Bergini), our destiny that embraces both joy and sadness (Anthony Lam), the return to the most basic attitude (Atelier Tout va Bien), words to bear in mind (Mano An), the balance between destiny and desire (O.OO), a mind that calmly contemplates life while observing the world (Hwayoung Lee), amulets for confirming one’s beliefs (Ikki Kobayashi), and criticism of culture (Tnop Wangsillapakun). These artists’ thoughts and emotions are installed like traditional five-colored ribbons hanging from a sacred tree just as in Korean villages for centuries. We hope viewers will find their wishes captured in the works and enjoy them together.
After graduating from university, Dohee Kwon worked as a graphic designer for companies in Korea and Thailand for six years. Thailand was where she first went backpacking while changing jobs. After that, she visited the second hometown in Thai-land many times. Currently, Kwon is based in Chiang Dao in northern Thailand. In the past, she loved a band influenced by Thai music, and began her career as an illustrator by working on their tour concert posters. Since then, she has been working mainly on album covers and performance posters. The artist’s personal work captures, like a diary, the inner healing that she began to have and the journey of connecting to a higher level of self. Kwon hopes viewers will feel a different visual warmth in each work rather than simply understanding the content of each work.
What good fortune do we need the most? The tremendous fortune to meet our better half, someone who will love and support us for the rest of our lives? Is it luck that allows me to have what I want and do what I want? Everything is only meaningful when I’m healthy. So does that mean that health is the true fortune in life?
Kwon realized that in the process of training his mind, all three fortunes had to be balanced in harmony to get closer to a happier life. Thus, Kwon presents an amulet that brings all three fortunes to the viewer. The amulet was made using three languages that the designer speaks: Korean, English, and Thai. She paired one fortune per character, and through her experience regarding each character, she sought ways to convey fortune to viewers and captured the results
in the design of the amulet. These three fortunes are expressed with crystal that represent each of them. That lends the amulet a stronger meaning of good fortune. Furthermore, the number 3 has been recognized as a perfect number both in the East and West. As such, Kwon wishes for great fortune to all people while seeking to deliver the perfect energy of balance in this amulet.
- Pigment print
- 2200 × 1200 mm
1. A Sacred Tree
- Ikki Kobayashi Against the Evil Spirits
- Dohee Kwon 333
- Zhao Liu 06
- Studio Bergini Tiramisu
- Anthony Lam Labyrinth of Fate
- Atelier Tout va Bien Tribute to Josef
- Mano An Hangeul Mesh
- O.OO Between Palms & Desires: Fates
- Hwayoung Lee From a Mouse Under a Tree to a Pig Under the Clouds
- Tnop Wangsillapakun The Dead Godfather Shrine
- Greatminor CTC (Circle To Circle)
Jaemin Lee, Eerang Park, Hyojoon Jo