Artist's Statement Mookjae - Kwon, Myoung-Won Korean Calligrapher Calligraphy Reflecting an Artist’s Inner Feelings As a child I would watch my elder brothers come home from Chinese literary institution and practice what they had learned. My interest was sparked and I would follow along with what they did. Then I heard of a saying that said that “calligraphy is a mirror of your inner most feelings,” from that point I was inspired to practice calligraphy for wanting of a clean mind that was reflected through my writings. Within my calligraphy I try to illustrate what sounds I hear. Whether the sounds are small or large or even the noisy chatter of a neighbor. This I accomplish by writing with different sized brushes to create the effect that I want. Not only do I illustrate the sound of the words I write, but I try to illustrate the word itself. If the word I write is mountain then I will write the word in a way that it will appear as if it were brush painted to be a mountain rather than a word on its own. Or I will write the word so that it reflects the meaning that it represents. What I write is a look into my inner feelings, but the words are a new reflection of me on their own. By dipping my brush into the ink and then laying it on paper then to look at what I’ve created, I see a new mirror of me in a different position and sound yet still me. When one can look at what I’ve written and not only see but also hears the words then I know that I have accomplished what I want and that is what I write. The words I write are not empty words. They carry messages and wisdom. These words could be biblical verses or poems or good news, but all reflecting my thoughts and myself. I was born in Korea and so I shall carry myself with pride, but my home is in the United States and I too am proud to live in such a country. In Korea I was learned and practiced traditional techniques, but now I experiment with new techniques. I try to bring the good of both my past and present, tradition and contemporary ways so that what I create will truly reflect my life. Sometimes I include English words alongside Korean so that the West may truly meet the East and vice versa. Peace of mind is hard to obtain even for a moment, but when those moments come, I write what I see. My works are what I see with a clean mind, when there is nothing to dirty or scatter my thoughts. Those rare moments of clarity are the makings of my inner mind. And those thoughts and feelings I present to the world by a stroke of a brush. Kwon, Myoung-Won
Myoung-won's ArtPrize Entries
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Myoung-won's Past Work
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