The Hearts of Absent Women
"This work “The Hearts of Absent Women” is dedicated to women who have not been recognised in the past. I was born in Japan and grew up in a traditional Korean Family. My grandfather kept a treasured family tree book for 35 generations, but it only featured the men; my mother and grandmother were absent from the pages. In my art I have always tried to celebrate women and their historical hand crafts. These sculptural hearts are made from embroidery, handwoven tapestry and papier-mache to recognise and celebrate the silent behind-the-scenes domestic duties of women and represent not only her emotions but serve as offerings or amulets for her protection."