Park Seung Mo

Prayer
Stainless Steel Wire, cm

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About the artwork

Taken from the Sanskrit language, ‘Maya’ is closely translated to ‘illusion’. Park’s works in his ‘Maya’ series are greatly influenced by his time spent in India, and a period of time where the artist hunted for a model that resembled a woman he once met in his dreams. Consequently Park channeled this experience into his captivating works, which explore what may constitute consciousness. Made of layers of steel wire mesh, the artist meticulously cuts layer through layer, with each tiny cut forming an element to the depth that ultimately creates an image of wholeness. The result is a hauntly beautiful and evocative portrait of a woman praying, that forms a multi-layered visual experience, in which composing materials transcend into a hyper realistic sensory display.



About the artist

Born in Korea in 1969, Park Seung Mo graduated from Dong-A University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1998 and is based in Brooklyn. He explores fundamental ideas through the use of forms, creating large ephemeral portraits by layering frames of wire mesh together and cutting through the layers to create depth. Each work begins with a photograph which is superimposed upon the overlapping layers of wire with a projector. He then employs a subtractive technique of snipping away areas of mesh and netting. Each piece is several inches thick and the plane that forms the final image contains spaces that are a few finger widths apart, which contribute depth, movement and dimensionality to the portraits. 

In works such as Mong-hwan (Fantasy), Hwan-sang (Illusion) and Hwan-myeol (Disillusion), Park speaks of ‘hwan’ or fantasies and visions that feel as if they were real. He turns these fantasies into visual illusion of wire and explains “what is important for me is showing the audience the moment where the boundary between the real and the illusion break down.”

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