Becoming of a Moment

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Acrylic on Canvas, Triptych, 140 x 100 cm (each), 2019

The series was created in the summer of 2020, during a respite from the pandemic, while I was caring for my dying German grandmother. On the one hand, time seemed to slow down and stand still, although at the same time everything around me seemed to speed up.

While I was sorting through my feelings and the old photos in which my 94 year old grandmother or my mother were about half my age, I felt like a traveler frozen in time. My mother had just come to Germany from Korea as a young student at that age in 1968. At about the same age, my grandmother was a German refugee in 1946.

In real life at the same time in 2020, everyday life accelerated due to news of the pandemic, Beirut explosion, Nawalny poison attack, wild fires and through tasks such as funeral organization and homeschooling. Time was no longer linear. From this contradiction arose a feeling of inner tension and conflict.

The self-portrait series depicts this state in a painterly manner. The finished works are upside down and thus evoke a similar feeling of conflict in the viewer. The time factor becomes visible by simple consecutive numbering as the title of the pictures.

If the works are hung in the order: 1 – 2 – 3, the progression of conflict and dissolution becomes visible in the pictures.

If the works are hung in the order: 3 – 2 – 1, the series shows the becoming of a moment in time.