The cycle of life never had a deeper meaning than in the immaterial sculptures of Seon Ghi Bahk. Built on the concept of man’s transcending relationship with nature, his artistic concept carefully and beautifully encloses ideas of rebirth and recycling of matter.
The Seoul born artist first started experimenting with the medium of charcoal in the 1980, his affinity for the material rooted deep within Korean tradition signifying an ever evolving codependence between us and nature: “Trees have been the closest friends and companions of human beings…Nature dies but is born again. It is reborn in a form of small black charcoal, another form of existence of a tree”
His sculptures that offer an almost surreal view on our everyday reality, combine a sense of tranquil serenity with a glimpse of familiar images suspended in mid air and in time. The fragile shapes constructed from little pieces of coal look almost disintegrated, as if trapped in the fine line of existence and complete obliteration – a beautiful interpretation of the transitory quality of our lives.
“I tried to present a form with charcoal paradoxically representing the end of nature. I hope that this modest and civic attempt leads you to see the importance of rebirth or recycling.”
Seon Ghi Bahk’s beautiful tridimensional art can be seen in exhibitions around the world as well as in collections of various companies, hotels and institutions. For more details on his work watch this insightful interview with the artist on Youtube.
by Dora Cruceru
Founder and Editor