Day Three: A Visit to the Artist in Residency Studios
It is the end of another fabulous day in Seoul! Our day started at the Hangaram Museum, viewing other artist’s work and talking bout our own to visitors at the museum. Such interesting work!
The last two works were particularly interesting to me– they are made with tossed out shopping plastic bags, something this girl of Discarded materials found fascinating!
The story of this next work is also quite interesting. The young woman’s 84 year old mother painted the arrays of flowers, and the daughter (in her last 40’s perhaps) did color grids below, pulling out the shades of color used by her mother. This is just one of multiple pieces she displayed at the exhibit.
And doesn’t this playful little cutie just bring a smile to your face?!? YungJung became our tour guide and translator today.
Tomorrow I’ll share even more pictures of the work at the show. But for now, there is SO much more to tell about the very full day we had!
After we finished at the museum, YungJung escorted us to an artist residency site on the outskirts of Seoul that is sponsored by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of South Korea.
During the three month residencies, the artists are given a studio space, inside which are also their living quarters. A community living room and kitchen integrate the lives of participants, as well as many of the activities they participate in during their time there.
At the residency center, we met a husband and wife graphic artist team from Norway, a young woman from England, a young man from Turkey, and a Korean artist. It was exceptionally interesting to hear of their experiences and how they differed from my recent one through the University of the Arts in Philadelphia!
As interesting to to me as the art found here are the cultural things. The subway is quiet as it rolls along. People chipmunk on their devices, just like folks in the USA. But perhaps one of the most striking things to me remains how clean it is here! It’s like they powerwash the buildings or something! Look at the floors on the subway and in the halls of the the subway station! Wow! As we perused the streets last night, all felt safe and again, so remarkable how virtually NO trash on the street or graffiti on the buildings!
We all had such a great laugh as a native interpreted a billboard outside a restaurant last night…
The name of the cafe was actually Dong Cafe!!! OMG how funny! And, yes! It means exactly what you think it means!! Lol
I really enjoyed today, but I must say, the best part of my day was learning how to do coiling, a special wrapping technique, taught to me by the Master, Danielle Bodine! I always love it when I learn something new, and this is a skill I will use in my art practice for sure, once I have gained a measure of competency with it! Isn’t she precious?
So another day comes to an end. It is so hard to put into words how wonderful this experience has been! But my feet knew!
….the hotel trashcan commandeered for a foot bath! Lol
See you tomorrow!