Suh Jeong-min’s work begins from the place where painting ceases to exist. While his early painting featured scenes of Namhae, brush marks, watercolors, and landscapes are absent from his recent work. Present is only grain, present in paper pieces. He gave up painting when it restricted escape. He then chose hanji - traditional Korean paper. Tiny paper rolls, made with waste hanji, become his brush and paint. As they are tightly rolled, they are hard as wood: Suh’s meticulous, tenacious spirit is here. He uses these rolls, cutting them in half or obliquely. And as the paper in the rolls was originally used for calligraphy and literati painting, they leave traces of ink-wash and color.
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