This practice-led research project will examine how specific approaches to painting’s skin and surface , constructed in monochrome can open up a new kind of emotional and physical space, which I want to call “New Skin”, allowing ways of reading an image that links immaterial qualities to the Dansaekhwa tradition.
Based on my growing appreciation of the profound relationship between monochrome, the artist’s body movement or traces, and use of materials and philosophy through the constructed skins of a painting, I raise three pillars of my project:
Firstly, a comparative analysis of conceptual monochrome of selected Western artists and inherent monochrome of selected Korean artists.
The 2nd pillar is a case study in relation to the strategies of visual action with reference to Roland Barthes’s idea of ‘gesture’.
The 3rd pillar is a philosophical approach for the visual experience or outputs of the immaterial qualities through the constructed skin of a painting from the relationship between materials and philosophies.
This exploration also entails an intriguing possibility, partly resulting from my other interest in anatomy, of a better approach to my own constructed skin & surface testing out the interface between ‘material/immaterial’, ‘legible/illegible’ and ‘abstract/figurative’ from an Asian perspective.
Painting / Drawing / Printmaking / Paper cut-out / Collage
Anatomy / The human figure / Dream analysis / The concept of the palimpsest