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The works of Han Na-Young makes me think of ‘authentic encounter.’

We meet different people everyday and, it’s not hard to contact ever.

But the meeting I discover in her works is so intimate and sincere that

it’s not just a meeting but ‘encounter.’ They’re like poetry of sentiment

and love, so you can see love between mother and children or lovers;

friendship and even intimacy between husband and wife. Her sculptures

are supported by these rich themes which have served as abundant and

unceasing source of Arts.

Most of her marble statues are composed of two parts, right and left,

and again each part is divided into upper and lower. It looks like a

round moon resting on palms or blooming flowers on flower cups. The

organic and coherent form keeps us reminding of or imagining

something else, as if poetic words ripple in our mind. The interesting

thing, in her works, is relation between two parts is interdependent like

well-woven textile, which means a ‘union’ and ‘correspondence’ are

the key in her works. Those two ideas support and supplement

weaknesses of each other. The form itself is coherent not just outside

but inside as well. It’s like Strings, in orchestra, make a perfect

harmony even if each string keep distance from the others.

As I said above, she prefers organic and coherent form on the whole,

so she uses soft curve, globe and volume than sharply edged ones.

Outline that resemble nature tugs your eyes. We don’t know where it’s

exactly come from, but the soft line serves to make the work more

quiet and peaceful.

Features of each side is different both in heigh and size. If the artist

didn’t put interdependent pattern in, they would be awkward. But the

very imbalance, in her composition, looks so natural. They’re willing to

approach first and confirm that they’re special with each other. In other

words, different parts meet each other and create synergy effect from

that encounter. They produce connection, sentiment and song, which

serve as a factor and make us ‘dream.’

Her works are known in the international arena as well. Because she’s

got Excellence Award, winning the final among 290 works, in Beijing(北

京) Olympics commemorative environmental sculpture competition

which 2400 works had been applied to. She still cherishes this. It’s not

only a great honor that she went up to the final, beating eminent artists,

but also it led to a chance to tour and have exhibition with Alfonso, a

kinetic sculpture, whom she’d respected in the 35 cities of 16 Olympic

host countries .

Jonathan Edwards, an American esthetic, says “The world is absolutely

well organized and created enough to correspond to beauty and

harmony.” Beauty comes from the relation among people, among

things and part and the other. According to Edwards, things that are

beautiful separately but not with all together are fake or limited beauty;

things that are beautiful in harmony with the whole the others, in return,

are extended excellence or beauty indeed. It’s remarkable that he

seeks beauty from these ‘relation’ and put much value on it. The key

is, in his writings, not being beautiful but bestowing beauty.

Here, we need to face one question; how much we’re trying to be

close with each other. As you know, always easier said than done, Our

life is full of empty talks, meaningless conversation and boring secrets,

although we have plenty of books about genuine relationships. Most of

the time it’s hard to come to mutual concurrence, because we tend to

think and love each other as a supplementary or accessory being of


Arts serve to remind of lack in life and supplement. Once you feel

relaxed and loosen tension with her works, it could definitely be an

example on how amazing the power of love and intimacy is. Love

among beings is not wresting or subordination but foundation of free

will. It helps us to reveal genuine ourselves. We discover it could carry

lots of meaning when Arts encounter with ‘open-minded’ self.


Seo Seong-rok (President of Korean Association of Art Critics)

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