Visiting artist studios must have increased your interest in spaces.
I’ve been living in an apartment building in Yeouido for as long as I can remember. Yeouido is a well-planned part of the city so every apartment buildings resemble each other. So much similarities that writer Wanseo Park (a renowned Korean novelist) had once mentioned about it in one of her essays. And it was later when I studied in New York when my curiosity of houses grew for the first time. I started examining how people’s lives were reflected into spaces and visiting artist studios have heightened the interest. There are so many fascinating and diverse studio spaces that made me realize that, in a way, they might be a result of a biggest extravagance one can afford.
How different is a well-furnished house and an artist studio?
In a studio, you can usually find a variety of images that are related to one’s work or reference images in need. They could simply act as a decoration but it’s more like showing what’s going on inside the head of the artist, which is really exciting to find out about. I was once visiting a studio of artist Jiwon Kim who adhered to painting cockscomb for 15 years and I noticed paint dripping down one of his easels. And at that moment it didn’t seem like paint but an actual petal of cockscomb falling to the floor, so red that it glared a bit of blue. It’s very moving when I witness such overwhelming elements of the artwork substitute the beautiness of the space.