Eun Ju Cho
‘My work explores natural harmony and balance in colours and shapes of geometric patterns inspired by Korean traditional windows and doors – called Chang Moon – and Korean wrapping cloths – called Bojaji. Chang Moon is an important element of Korean Han Ok architecture as it operates as passages between different spaces and times. Lattice, which has unique geometric patterns and is wrapped with translucent rice paper, is an important element of Chang Moon. Bojagi is made of small fragments of material that traditionally have five colours.
Western Art also has a strong geometrical tradition and shares similar patterns with Korea. For example, geometrical abstraction of Mondrian has formal similarities to Bojagi and Chang Moon. I explore these formal similarities in my project. I combine the beauty of Chang Moon and Bojagi in various mediums. Water colour paintings and Printmaking with collage are inspired by Bojagi, but integrated with geometric patterns from Chang Moon. My work responds to architectural spaces reflecting Chang Moon embracing concepts of space and time. My work builds on consistent concepts – harmonic and natural balance in colours and shapes in order to reflect not only Eastern (Korean) but also Western cultures in my work.’ – Eun Ju Cho 2016