Music for Enchanted Landscape Escape by Hye Ja Moon- Her painting and music
The two recent works by Hye Ja Moon, whose works has been inspired by music, are titled Music for Enchanted Landscape Escape, which was played by a Japanese band World’s End Girlfriend.
The works being displayed in this exhibition is regarded as the one far more figurative than the previous works which were rather ‘free-association’ (by Alberto Grossi) but based on the principle of using colors. Moreover, they are plastically balanced thanks to the artist’s assigning three spaces to each image. Ripples and musical notes around the square out of the allotted images shows such changes from the closed structures of circles, distorted ovals, and squares to the open and expanding ones of free lines.
Hence these two works represent such plastic features besides the principles of colors as repetition, rotation, and placing images on three spaces, which symbolizes musical harmony of three chords.
The artist, Hye Ja Moon has expressed music through her works. The works of her musical radiation correspond to the music that inspires her in the terms of “inter-text”. In other words, music that offers the artist to the source of the inspiration as well as her pictorial theme. With her works the music comprises one side of the coin of her art. “Inter-text”
Pictorial spaces to put her figurative images on are divided by drawing lines in an early stage. The process of working is following: Circles-ovals-becoming pointed-curved-piled up one another-spaces generated-rotation-radiation (echo or sound).
“As an embryo is fed and growing through the umbilicus, God started creating world through the umbilicus, and the world spread out to all directions.”
Circle is a starting point of a certain flexible closing shape. The increasing distortion of such shape heads toward the open ones. The ripples and the musical notes on them represent not only the fact that the works are inspired by the music honored through the title but also spreading sounds at the same time.
On the parted spaces by varied circles each image occupies three of them allowing more steady and balanced structure. The surrounding ripples complete the expansion of sight by spreading outwards. The musical notes on the ripples play images as if the ripples are music paper.
August 16, 2009, Soyoung Cho (Art Critic)