There is a story about North Korea that has become a different country, the warlike story of provocative actions by the North, and the heartbreaking story of separated families. Wishing that their stories will not be easily forgotten in a cynical modern society, I produced this monumental work. On the stoned stairway hanging in the air embroidered a phrase that represents the painful reality, creating a surreal situation. Through this work, I attempted to intimate the difficulty of walking away from the tremendous grief centered in their lives to sustain their lives as before.
Stairway that cannot be walked down
Watching the sinking of the Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Island incidents in 2010, I began this work to record and commemorate the stories of those still suffering from such incidents. The shape of stone, a common material used as a monument, is reproduced with light materials, and segmented phrases and words related to the events and beings are embroidered with threads. I tried to capture the invisible longing or aspiration in the contradictory reality through the seemingly impossible image of words embroidered on the stone.