the art of  INJA CHO
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*Unbearable Sweetness of Being* series
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The expressions in my work are personal and directed from within. I investigate the relationship that elements largely beyond my control impose on my body and emotions in an effort to deal with and relate the constant burning sensation in my body daily. This interest stems from my ongoing struggles with neuropathic pain on the entire left side of my body due to spinal cord damage.
A goal of my artwork is to find a true, meaningful way of depicting the sensations I feel daily, both emotional and physical…sometimes I am standing in the burning embers of a fire and other times I am sitting on a block of ice. Often it’s a combination of both. As I am living with the impossible mixture of the two elements, I have tried to capture this reality and some of the feelings that result in my paintings.
My recent work is a continuation of the series [Cold+Hot] with a subset called “Unbearable Sweetness of Being”, which is the result of repetitive actions that become meditative exercises. As a person with high spirit and very positive views about life, I choose to tolerate the pain as a blessing—a blessing I have been given abundantly. It is a spontaneous transformation process of using unpleasant feelings to create something magnificent and beautiful. This is the goal I have in mind as I work.
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