18 Jul '11, 9am

This Korean artist doesn't draw, he erases.

This Korean artist doesn't draw, he erases.

Lee Kiyoung is a counter-intuitive artist. Unlike other painters, the 48-year-old Korean begins by covering his canvas – he uses hanji , his country’s traditional handmade paper made of mulberry bark – in Chinese ink and then hoses it down with water, section by section, to create an image. Depending on his mood, he repeats this process until he gets the desired stain and gradation. He also uses mixes pigment and varnish in the final stages to harden the paper and create a matte finish. In ‘Bloom’, his first exhibition in Singapore at MAD Museum of Art & Design (till 16 Aug) , Lee's subject is nature: flowers, trees and leaves that come from his backyard in Seoul. Contrary to his exhibition's title, he doesn't really pay attention to flowers when they are in bloom, rather when they are dead. That way, he can re-imagine their life. This fascination with nature and the cycle...

Full article: http://www.timeoutsingapore.com/art/feature/lee-kiyoung-t...

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