I am the passive environmentalist.
I am a meat lover.
I like traveling.
I use plastic bags for my convenience.
I use disposable items.
But I don’t throw away trash anywhere.
But I only buy what I need.
But I am interested in Eco-friendly materials.
But I don’t pick pretty flowers in nature.
But I like to feel and look at nature.
I realise that my view of nature and my passive behaviour toward nature conflicts. The guilt resulting from this collision inspired me and became the starting point for this work
My project invites people to realise that nature is different, than one imagines it to be. And it prompted me to study my Korean ancestors’ perspective on nature. They followed nature with compromise and harmony rather than struggle or confrontation. I studied how these Korean ancestors came to have this view of nature. As a result, I think the feeling of ‘fear’ was one of the important components of their view, and I decided to use this to proceed with my project.
My opinion of the feeling of fear in modern society is that people are still afraid of nature. Humans feel the seriousness of the problem with fear when they are damaged by unexpected natural phenomena or face nature different from their imagination. However that is the only moment. Humans quickly forget the current problem when they are not being directly confronted with the seriousness of the problem.
I express the feeling of fear through unexpected tactility, and combine that with soft and comfortable objects as a metaphor for people’s idea of nature. With this, I want to trigger people to think about the real nature, the nature that they've forgotten or ignored in their daily lives.
To visually express the ideal nature that people think of, I used 10 natural objects that Korean ancestors worshiped. These 10 are mountains, water, clouds, rocks, sun, cranes, deer, turtles, pine trees, and herbs. Korean ancestors applied these images to their products and thus did not forget the sacredness of nature. And through this, they hoped that humans would become a part of nature. This is the reason that I also used these 10 natural objects in my work in the hope that modern people will not forget the beauty of nature as we envision in our minds.
I hope that my work changes people’s thoughts and decisions into action for the environment, even a little bit.