"In Korea, landscape painting - rather than figure paintings or historical paintings as in the Western world - became the preeminent form in part because nature itself was considered sacred. Nature was seen as a living entity."
Soyoung Lee, Asia Society, 2008
Sansu (산수) is the name and aesthetic principle of traditional Korean landscape painting with san meaning “mountain” and su meaning “water”. Those paintings represent the beauty of Korean landscape by featuring elements like mountains, peaks, rocks, trees and water.
My work about mountains and waters in South Korea got interrupted by the pandemic and will hopefully be continued. This first series of six photographs is an interpretation of sansu elements and human views of nature in contemporary South Korean landscapes, both in mountainous and urban areas.
2020. 6 inkjet prints, 24 x 30 cm.
edition of 5, signed and numbered