Park Seung Mo

Park Seung Mo
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About the artwork

Park Seung Mo’s captivating works 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. Layers of wire mesh are strategically clipped and placed together by Park, and are illuminated by light to exhibit their transience. In this work, an image of a woman is present, who appears to be dancing ‘En Pointe’ and gazing towards the viewer. The work is highly atmospheric and haunting, as Park illustrates his memory of a dream, while simultaneously conveying the longing contained within it, and how the image remains forever elusive, both for us and him.

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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