Authorship & Form : Minjeong An: Diagramming her world.
An converts the world around her into symbols in order to be read like a floor plan or a mechanical drawing where everything is represented in a symbolic manner but using exact measurements. These diagrams are systematic and are meant to get everyday experiences and pull it apart to its bare elements in an anatomical manner and are shown represented in 2 dimensional way.
“The Power of a Kiss, digital print, 73.2x68.4cm, 2008
Based upon my personal memories where I would never go to school without my mom giving me a kiss good bye, in this piece, I tried to analyze what power a kiss can hold. It clearly shows that what moves the human mind is neither by the order of the brain or muscle movements nor is it by the energy generated from food. “
“ Self-Portrait, digital print, 88x210.3cm, 2007
Creating a portrait of my body in this piece, I employed signs and symbols, like those commonly used in blueprints or mechanical drawings, thus leading viewers to imagine someone whom they haven’t met and possibly to reconstruct a “new” person out of the complicated and yet clearly descriptive anatomy. Technically speaking, I first measure each body part, including the length, distance and angle, and then transfer the measured dimensions onto the paper. In the process, even small moles, scars and pimples on the skin are carefully observed and translated into symbols. In addition, I also try to quantify the aura of the figure in kilometers, which refers to an invisible spirit and soul, drawing halo-like curves around the head. ”