Artist

Habatat

In the serial self-portraits made up of glass faces and wooden bodies started from 2013, wood is not considered as a mere support for the glass, but rather in a partnership. My studio in Yangjoo, an hour and a half drive from Seoul, is where I find the wood for my work. The red building .....

In the serial self-portraits made up of glass faces and wooden bodies started from 2013, wood is not considered as a mere support for the glass, but rather in a partnership. My studio in Yangjoo, an hour and a half drive from Seoul, is where I find the wood for my work. The red building nestled in a small mountain is facing a reservoir with a thick forest in the back. Time spent there is not as hectic as in the hot shop, but still a constant work process of give and take, which affects the thoughts that go into my work tremendously.

Wood is definitely a meditative material which should be dealt with delicacy. On contrary, glass is melted and modeled through a very complex process. I try to explore the dichotomy of the two materials and undergo the process of subtraction and addition to find a balance between the two. Through the tension I feel while I have my hands on the entire process, I listen to what the material is trying to tell me. It is also during that time that more messages enter my mind with clarity. The more I try to define and reflect myself in the material, I feel that process gets me closer to becoming someone else.

A storage in my studio is filled with tools and machines that I have been collecting from everywhere and they make it possible for me to extend the vocabulary in my work. Knowing that, I can’t simply pass by any rubbish on the streets but pay utmost attention to the beauty of the miscellaneous. The best way to wind down a day is sitting near the pit fire with the scent of burning wood as a remedy to start the next day.

Join us!

Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
47th year of our International Glass Exhibition.

We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: Saturday, May 4th at 8:00pm | Exhibition: May 4th – July 5th