OBSCURA Magazine: If Art Is A Language


The language acquisition process begins when the babies are still in the womb hearing human conversation and the world around them. Afterward, they would start imitating the sound and learning to speak themselves. Acquiring language is a demonstration of one’s curiosity of the world, as well as the desire to communicate with others. While studying abroad in the UK, the Korean artist Park Yoon-Kyung began to have doubts regarding the nature of language, since a word can have distinctively different interpretations when it is used in different cultures. She then applied her observation and experience into her paintings — Park transformed Chinese and Korean characters into graphics and depicted them as an abstract new language. Her representation of written languages has given viewers a space for open interpretation.