When I began working on textiles, I found the material incredibly flexible and versatile. Machine sewing is a down-to-earth technique; anyone can easily learn it.
From time to time, I work with sewers, craft workers and garment makers in the Dongdaemun market. Through which process, I have refined my sewing skills and learned maintenance tips for my sewing machine. I also began to learn knitting from a yarn seller at the basement of Jong-hap fabric market. Whenever I am in Seoul, I spend most of my time walking around the market district watching people making garments and selling decorations. The vibrant energy and friendliness of the market people provide more meaningful learning than seeing some unauthentic objects and pictures in art galleries.
I am resistant to the modernist concept of art’s autonomous value coming from the artist’s talent or trained skills. Art should be something that can be generated and motivated by anyone as long as the purpose of its doing is genuine and the outcome can instigate ‘immaterial *’ values to be shared.
*I couldn’t find an appropriate word other than ‘immaterial’. I believe that the reason for art is something to do with the evolution of perception that should be something to do with affective ‘pleasure of life’.
‘You will be hoping to bring about the day when the words rich and poor, that have so long cursed the world, shall have no meaning, when we shall all be friends and good fellows united in that communion of happy, reasonable, honoured labour which alone can produce genuine art, or the pleasure of life.’ – William Morris