JUNG S KIM
“Circle II” series is a narrative about some negative emotions originated from the artist’s childhood experience. In this series, those negative sentiments are projected onto various different characters in traditional Korean folk tales based upon a simple dichotomy of good and evil and a clear-cut moral message that the good always win. Now, these character-roles transformed into self-portraits of the artist herself, bring out the repressed feelings and drastically visualize them. Four different strategies are used for this mapping of the artist’s subjectivity and memory on the fictional characters: first, a direct but exaggerated empathy between the artist and a character, second, an unnatural beatification of an evil character as a psychological attempt to cope with the negative figures and the negativity itself, third, a maximization of extreme fear inside caused by the past objects by amplifying the latter’s vicious and immoral power, and last, a despising caricaturing of moral hypocrisy of the objects. During the process, the heavy memory of the painful relationship that the artist has been reluctant to face is to be vented out as a casual emotional experience, which any one can have in life. This series, in this sense, is a form of self-therapy.