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hwa // 화

hwa // 화

09/02/2022 - 5:00pm
September 2nd, 2022 to October 1st, 2022
Exhibition Description

hwa // 화
Anthony Park Kascak // 안토니

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Artist Statement

Umma never taught me how to formally speak or write in Korean, also known as Hangul. She did not believe that it was necessary for her American-born child to learn something that she wanted to desperately leave behind. Regardless, she silently retained her cultural identity in her love of food, games, media, and included our family in these activities. One of my fondest memories is playing a card game called hwatu 화투 (flower cards) and my mother using them as a fortune telling device. Hwa can have a plethora of meanings depending on its context, character placement, and if written in either Hangul or Hanja, a traditional Korean writing system that utilizes Chinese characters. Meanings include: flowers, anger, rage, bloom, and disaster, all of which are echoes of how we are navigating current affairs.

Research of the meaning of the word hwa as well as the perforated ceramic vessels from the Silla and Three Kingdom Dynasties became the foundation for this exhibition, The magic of this cultural history is reinterpreted within ceramic wall pieces and vessels, laced with personal meaning and narrative.

The desire to learn more about my cultural background pulled at my core, lighting an internal fire and creating psychological distance— a slippery dissonance that fumbles with language and coherent explanation. 

Mixed Media

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