[in]dependent - InstallationMaterial: WoodThis is an ongoing personal project that merges my studies of Korean typography and kufic (Arabic letterforms that are arranged to produce a pattern-like image).
I chose Korean typography because of the strong ties the language has with its national history. It is so vastly different from many other languages in the way that the letters are arranged and what experiments becomes possible –or not possible– within the constraints of the conventional square grid.
With this particular piece, I broke away from the square grid that Korean letterforms are limited to (echoing the idea of Korean independence) and made a mural of Korean letters inspired by the basic concepts of kufic.
The Korean language represents the cultural independence from other nations.— Soo Kim
Hwacheon, South Korea
Before 1900, Hwacheon was extremely sparsely populated, with only a few small villages alongside major rivers, due to its rugged terrain and harsh winters. Hwacheon Dam was completed in 1944 and the electricity it generated proved to be a boon. However, it was also source of conflict during the Korean War due to its strategic value as both a power plant and potential weapon (by intentionally flooding downstream areas). It ended up well inside allied territory with the establishment of the DMZ to the north in 1953.