Rosetta / 2015 / Concrete, plaster, laser-engraved acrylic mirror, insulation foam and steel wire / Concrete: 26 x 40 inches, Mirror: 12 x 23 inches
“Rosetta” is a sculpture adopting the idea of the Rosetta Stone and the flag semaphore system. It operates as a hint to decipher the semaphore code used in the Semaphore series. In the stele made of concrete, a text is translated into three scripts. The upper hieroglyph is the illustration of a signalman holding positions according to the international flag semaphore system. The middle part is composed of symbols abstracting a signalman’s two arms. This part is translated into the Korean semaphore system. The lowest part is the original text in English.
Rosetta (Detail) / 2015 / Laser-engraved acrylic mirror / Mirror: 12 x 23 inches
The original text is engraved in scriptio continua (i.e., with no spaces between words), to prevent rapid silent reading and encourage a viewer to read aloud. It borrows the language of Leo Eitinger who was a Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist studied psychological trauma: “… And victims are something the community wants to forget; a veil of oblivion is drawn over everything painful and unpleasant. We find the two sides face to face; on one side the victims who perhaps wish to forget but cannot, and on the other all those with strong, often unconscious motives who very intensely both wish to forget and succeed in doing so.”