Testimony / 2015 / Industrial primer, spray paint on carpet / 48 x 78 inches
An excerpt from a testimony is translated into the flag semaphore code and creates a seemingly decorative pattern. The original text is quoted from an article on testimonies of survivors and social stigmas. It discusses a lack of open space for survivors to share their experience safely in the society that blames the victim. The pattern signifies an excerpt from the survivor’s testimony: “The most awful psychological scar becomes an account to be buried.”
Buried(Soap Rug) / 2015 / Acrylic, white and transparent soap, and clay powder on engraved carpet / 48 x 78 inches
A sentence from a testimony of a sexual violence survivor is translated into the flag semaphore and transferred to rug. The white semaphore pattern on the rug signifies “I didn’t know how to name my experience,” in Korean. The outer brown area of the semaphore is shaved with a hair clipper, leaving the white text in low relief. White and transparent soap is poured on the rug covering the entire surface. Soap leaves the surface of the rug placed on a floor slippery and spreads its smell through the air.
Dust Soap / 2015 / Cast soap with carpet fiber/ 3.5 x 2.7x1.2 inches each
These are parts of soap bars made from white and transparent soap bases and the shaving fiber from the soap rug, "Buried." In "Buried", the semaphore code signifies a survivor's voice, “I didn't know how to name my experience.” The outer area of the white testimony text was shaved with a hair clipper. I collected the fibers and mixed them with soap base to create multiple editions of bar soaps. White soap poured into a mixture of transparent soap and dust creates an unpredictable, chaotic pattern. A conflict between the desires to forget and wash off and the lingering memories forcefully injected is questioned.