Hang-Sup Shin (Art Critic)
Time and space have no meaning in artists’ imagination. They try to
create original images which have never existed in the world. But
artists cannot transcend nature at all no matter how creative they
are. It is why all artistic images have been originated from their
archetype of nature. Human life from birth to death is filled with
direct and indirect experiences which have inseparable relation to
nature. In this context, nature means everything unartistical
including human beings.
The sculptures of Na Young Han are also closely bound up with
nature. She has been inspired by nature. She has perceived the
perfect beauty of nature with her artistic sense. She has created
artistic beauty by falling in with natural beauty. Her observation on
nature is not limited to things with concrete forms but to natural
phenomena such as rainbows. She has approached to nature
practically rather than rationally.
The titles of ‘Chat’, ‘Nest’, ‘Woman’s Mind’, ‘Dialogue’, ‘Child’s
Mind’, ‘Love’, ‘Eagle’, ’Direction’, ‘Life’ reveal the artist’s deep
interest in human life and nature. Her sculptures interlink nature and
human beings who have feelings of joy, anger, sadness, and
happiness. Especially, she has been more concerned about
invisible emotions than visible appearances. She has admired
human beings with innate pure hearts as one of natural beauty.
Dynamic living things in nature such as human beings and birds have
caught her eyes. Especially, she has given unusual heed to not
only the natural figures of human beings but also the heartstrings of
human life, which became the themes of her works. Therefore, the
natural figures of human beings with their own feelings and
thoughts answer for form and content of her sculptures at the
Na Young did not copy human figure as they were. She has made
effort to describe both the external shapes and the internal mind of
human beings living in their daily life. It seems that she emphasized
on the irrational part of human beings rather than their rational one
. It seems that her works craved for warm-hearted gazing rather
cool-headed reasoning. The artist has alleviated people’s tough
emotions with friendly-looking human figurations
She continuously interpreted and reinterpreted the natural figures
of human beings. As a result, she could make new images which
were completely different from the original one. She replaced
concreteness with abstractness. For example, she omitted,
intimated and symbolized the natural figure of a human being. She
simplified it at most by excluding eyes, noses, limbs, etc.
Sometimes her sculptures only with brief lines and bald volume fai
l to remind us the characteristic figures of human beings.
A wider view would help us to more easily find out human figuration
in her abstract works of art. In contrast with her concrete pieces
which simplified the animal objects like birds or hens, the abstract
ones dismantled and then reconstructed the human objects. In this
wake, Han successfully condensed and intensified the natural
beauty of human beings.
In other words, Na Young Han has portrayed the simple and clear
images of human beings with minimum lines and volumes. The
unique shape of a volume produces elegantly-curved lines and
surfaces. In addition, the sculpturer has showed a preference to
the asymmetrical structure. Nonetheless her artistic works have
also acquired a sense of security under tactful balance control. We
can find out different images in the front and in the rear of her
works. They are indeed like sculptures in the round.
Na Young has challenged the stereotyped scheme of human
sculptures. She dexterously and artistically represented two
ges iiman one sculpture. Therefore, the natural figures of
human being in her works ironically looked more like those of seeds
ornsects. Amazingly, these abstract works are not artificial at all
because did not distort the natural beauty. Rather, they
contributed to restoration of natural purity.