current work > schmidt series
This series inspired by my late grandfather who immigrated to the U.S. from Busan, South Korea in the early 80’s. My grandfather was an avid fisherman and calligrapher. When I committed to being an art major in college, I traded him a teapot for one of his calligraphic scrolls. The scroll was a poem he rewrote by Chinese poet, Zhang Ji written during the T’ang Dynasty. While I could not understand the text, I admired his deft brush skills in writing these Chinese characters. My grandfather was also a big fan of Schmidt beer, a local Minnesota-based brewery. I’ve used the form of the traditional, Korean Janggun bottle which was used for storing alcohol, and transposed his calligraphy of this poem onto these forms. These pieces are a tribute to my grandfather’s assimilation to American life.