Shi-gan, the passage of time

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Shi-gan, the passage of time, paper, steel, brooch, 2015

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5. Shi-gan, the passage of time, hand objects, 6.7 x 12.4 x 4 cm, paper, Sangji Yun

4. Shi-gan, the passage of time, hand objects, 6.3 x 11.2 x 4 cm, paper, Sangji Yun

3. Shi-gan, the passage of time, hand objects, 5.5 x 10.5 x 3.4 cm, paper, Sangji Yun

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Shi-gan, the passage of time, paper, steel, hand piece, 2015

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Shi-gan, the passage of time, paper, neck & shoulder piece, 2015

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9. Shi-gan, the passage of time, shoulder piece, 11 x 112 x 0.7 cm(On model), brass, Sangji Yun

Shi-gan, the passage of time, brass, shoulder piece, 2015

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Shi-gan, the passage of time, brass, necklace, 2015

Time is expressed in two different ways in Korean: Shi-gak and Shi-gan. Shi-gak consists of two meaning, the moment(Shi) and engraving(Gak). Therefore, Shi-gak is translated as engravement made with the lapse of moment. Shi-gan, on the other hand, consists of Shi(moment) and Gan(in-between). Shi-gan, therefore represents space between moments, and the sense of space is embedded within the word. I laid a thin sheet of paper upon another repeatedly and steadily. I tried to enjoy each moment. And the repeated actions show the workmanship which I got from my grandparents. Paper objects were shaped to be placed in the most emotional and sensitive places – hands, shoulder, and breast – to be expressed heritage that has been passing onto me. People who touch my piece, they immediately know my time and my craftsmanship. As the shapes made of paper decreases, it looks like results by natural extinction or erosion.  The pieces will be worn out after a long time, but the disappeared fragments will be transformed into remembrance. And I used a thick short brass thread and pulled it again and again until it turns into a very thin thread to show the process of growing and disappearing in our life as time passes. This brass ornaments have segments like sections of a bamboo stem by an unusual way of using a pulling machine. The segmentalized parts represent generations. Pulling brass was a very sensitizing activity. After this process, the stretched brass was shaped into a wearable shoulder  and neck piece. These brass ornaments will be worn on shoulder and neck to be expressed heritage that has been passing onto me. My project is about traces of time left in our consciousness.

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* photo by Jusin Min / Ananda Serné

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