Out of discarded objects like spangles, scraps of cloth and paper, the artist Kwon, Jong-Hyun produces ,a collage work on canvas or on hemp. She combines, colors, cuts and puts these objects together on the picture surface.
These tiny objects are assembled together to create a sort of microcosm, calling back the memory of her childhood village where houses were stuck together on the slopes of hills. In her neighborhood, varying size and looks were built very closely to each other.
The aritst re-creates a village of her own dream, a small utopia, although people are not affluent but are close to each other, sharing things and encouraging each other through out their ups and downs of lives. These pieces are put together by pasting or stitching to form a community of their own. The roofs, walls, and windows of the houses are replaced with scraps of cloth, corrugated paper, and PVC miriors respectivery.
Kwon's work can be interpreted as an extention of childhood plays and schoolroom art. Her work retains its purity and innocence, yet gives a poignant statement on the reality of contemporary society filled with isolation, displacement, indifference, and alienation.
By there warm and ingenuous works, the artist also exprreses her yearing for the co-existence and harmony of people from a variety of walks of life, race, gender, social strata, and wealth.