It has been more than a year and I still am working on my Chaekgeori-inspired series.
I usually do not paint the book titles in detail, yet many of the books in these paintings are still recognizable. Viewers spot a few books they have on their own shelves and many of us read the same books. In my latest painting you might notice a copy of The Thorn Birds — a ubiquitous title on the bookshelves of all moms of a certain generation. Yes, these are my mom’s books and things. And even though she has downsized (many of my parent’s books are on my shelves now), a true reader can’t help but fill a bookcase. Also, like many of the paintings in this series, small pieces of my art appear on the shelves (look for the slice of cabbage).