“Leaving Korea”

Abstract Acrylic on Canvas – February 2015

My second painting in the United States this year, this painting symbolizes some of my feelings of leaving my beloved Korea where I’ve been living for 6 years.  I listened to Sia’s “Chandelier” on repeat and out my feelings came onto the canvas.  I would go further but I like leaving it open to interpretation

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  • LoonyLizard

    It looks happy, but wistful to me, with a touch of “it doesn’t quite feel real” as the undercurrent. Those faces in the lower right look joyous, angry, and sad all at once – fan reactions to the move? Korean friends & neighbors? All of the above?

    • hallyuback

      Good synopsis! Honestly it was a bit of just trying to paint my emotions without putting any emphasis onto a particular one. Your description summarizes those feelings well – I’m happy but Korea will always be a part of me and being here doesn’t quite feel real yet though I’m working on it! The faces are similar to the dragons on the walls of the archery towers at Hwaesong where we walked our last full day – but like drama masks they reflect a multitude of emotions :)

  • Gypsy Mourning

    fascinating piece, steph! enjoy your works ~ gypsy

    • hallyuback

      Thank you – it’s certainly a jumble of emotions that went into this one!