Art can bring provocative and sensitive issues to the table. My artistic position is not only aesthetic way but also it implies political issues. In addition, the first impact of art will be artistic beauty and visual pleasure, and with ends, it will give enlightenment with unpleasant truth.
My artworks reflect manifestations of disparities regarding sex in Korean culture some of which are linked to the following:
Firstly, the distorted sexual culture projected on women in Internet societies.
The influence in Korea of Confucianism, It produced the social structure of patriarchy and a male-dominated society.
In Korea, people refer to the hymen, which means virginal membrane, as ‘Cheo-nyeo-mak’. To translate the term literally, ‘Cheo-nyeo’ means virgin, ‘Mak’ means membrane. The term ‘Cheo-nyeo-mak’ holds both hymen and virginity as a single entity. The fettered woman attempts to challenge this term.
Commonly, people tend to understand the term hymen interchangeably with virginity. It is necessary to distinguish between the two, as ‘hymen’ is the name for the thin tissue in the vagina, whilst ‘virginity’ is a constructed idea around a sexual act. My project attempts to redefine Cheo-nyeo-mak. From this point the project will only address the concept of virginity in the Korean setting.
Who judges female virginity? And what is the purpose of making the term, Cheo-nyeo-mak? The hymen exists scientifically which means it is a tangible entity. However, there is no ‘Cheo-nyeo-mak: no virginal membrane meaning virginity, as it is an ethereal state.