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It is just a matter of time before everything that stands on the dirt will return to dirt. When I think of how I, and my paintings too, will also in due time be reduced to dust, it strikes me that nothing in this world is that tremendous. But at the same time, during the limited time that I have life here, I can keep a record, - all I can do is keep a record, day by day, that serves as evidence, as a trace of the flame that is my life.

Nature, however you look at it, is always unadorned, fresh, and beautiful. I wonder if my paintings could capture the beauty of nature. No, it would be impossible. Even so, I want to make paintings that, like nature, one never tires of looking at. That is all that I want in my art.

Yun Hyong-keun, 1976

One of my closest friends-in a letter she wrote to me for my ninetheenth birthday-told me that she seeks lasting things, my friendship with her being one of them. Many seasons have passed since this conversation, yet my mind often returns to this conversation.

This website shapeshifted quite a few times. It began as my high school portfolio, with self-portraits in oil and mixed media works, then became my photography blog, and now something else. This space transformed catering to my everchanging curiosities, yet in many ways served to archive all that I was absorbing and digesting. Besides all that I couldn’t commit myself to—from typefaces to the medium of expression—my curiosity, imagination, and the desire for a space of gathering and connection stayed true. These are the lasting things I seek. Every iteration of this website was made with love and curiosity and executed with honesty, playfulness, and new learnings.

My hope is that this space serves to continue the flow, allowing me to circle back my learnings to the world that I have learned so much from. At the moment, I just need the bare skeleton that will host various ideas that are arising, sinking in, and going through me. So here is my work in progress.

first written: July 2022
last updated: April 2024