Mayhem # 1874467
About MeI've been in Korea for several years now, working on this project off and on. I love the culture, history, and food of Korea, but I am constantly noticing the traditional expectations and boundaries that modern women have to deal with. What I'm planning to do is express my observations through a series of work which is composed of sketches in a multimedia format.
I am looking for Asian female models (ages 18-30) for an art project that involves being tied up and gagged. This is not anything sexual and there is no nudity involved. This will be a photo shoot where the photos will be used for a series of drawings in a future art exhibit. Models will be tied with rope in various positions while wearing various everyday outfits. This is to show goals, expectations, and job positions in a modern Korean woman's life.
*************************Artists Statement: Chosen Frustrations********************************
The key idea behind this body of work is to show the contrast of traditional Korean expectations on modern Korean women. In all of the works, there are drawings bound to the traditional items that make up the many aspects of a woman’s life. Starting from education, through social and everyday situations, and even professional jobs, there is the deep attachment to tradition. This is not a bad thing. Tradition should not be thrown away, but there are instances where the expectations on a woman create hindrances, and obstacles: tying down the idea of movement.
“Frustration” I have always defined as “not being able to do what you know you can do.” I have met this definition in many highly educated, highly professional Korean women who end up sacrificing their career movements for the sake of tradition. My work is not to criticize tradition, but to express my observations on how traditional and modern expectations clash and result in personal stalemates.
The traditional items attached to the works are of various stages of a woman’s life. They bind the figures to their place in society. The figures in my work, clothed in contemporary fashion, explore their boundaries within the confines of tradition. They casually push the limits, but there is also sense of acceptance. This is the contrast that makes the frustration.
Modernization seems to always move faster than tradition can adapt. Korea has modernized amazingly fast, resulting in a sometimes shocking contrast between the old in the new. Certainly, the ideas behind my art have changed, as well, as I have put this work together. The frustrations I have observed during my time in Korea seem less an issue for the new generations, but it is still there. It is the intent of this project for the observer to consider these issues, to notice the changes in the organization of society, and to consider the consequences of the expectations put upon the young women by past ideals.
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