As I thought about the theme of water further, I found myself going back to nature and how necessary it is in our daily lives, whether we are aware of it or not. I was naturally drawn to the main source of nature within my one-room apartment: green onions/scallions (파). They are an essential ingredient/garnish for most East Asian dishes, and my Korean household was no exception. These days in particular, they are not only a great source of comfort that reminds me of my mother's cooking, but also strength in simply watching how fast they grow day by day. They are incredibly resilient and require water and sunlight: a gentle reminder to take care of myself during these turbulent times with nourishment and care necessary for self-growth. As I observed and drew the patterns on the surface of the scallions and the wrinkles on my hands, I thought: "how different are we from plants, really?".
What does it mean to produce 'chaekgeori' (books and things) paintings in this day and age - specifically as a Korean-Canadian living in Montreal, QC during self-isolation? The Korean folk painters during the Joseon dynasty would have also had to draw inspiration from their interior surroundings. My windowsill has a lot to offer... (thank you Kathleen, for inspiring me to look outside my window and pursue my interest in piles of books resembling buildlings!)