Blending Flash Fiction & Art
Interview with Jeewoo Park
Jeewoo, what's the first book you remember reading all by yourself?
‘A Mix-Up in Heaven’ by Guillaume Musso.
Raina Telgemeier, simple stories and characters always appeal to me
Unfortunately, it might be awhile before anyone gets to travel easily.
Whenever I need to write something down, I reach for my phone.
I would recommend Mr. Sein. He was my art teacher in Year 9.
What about your current artistic direction Jeewoo, who has influenced you?
I think movies have had a great influence on my current artistic direction. Movies from Disney and Marvel, which are quite popular. I am inspired by how their artistic and digital skills develop over such a short period of time. I initially enjoyed working on traditional arts the most, but whenever I watched those movies, my opinion kept being reshaped. However, I always think that I should take an adventure by watching other movies or animations whether they are famous or not.
Pet Age Gap: Restaurant by Jeewoo Park
The portrait of two dogs and myself is titled ‘Pet Age Gap: Restaurant’. The work is inspired by Matthew Grabelsky’s surreal portraits of people who are seemingly normal from under the neck but have their heads replaced by animal heads. The work intended to present the relationship between dogs and humans. According to the professional veterinarians, the dogs and humans have a different ratio of counting the age. The first year of a dog’s age is 15 years of a human’s age. Then, the second year of a dog’s age is equivalent to 24 years of a human’s age. The schnauzer in the painting is ‘Soony’ and is nine years old in a dog’s age, but her human age is 63. ‘Bero’, the fox terrier, is three years old as a dog and 29 years old in human age. The longer I spent and lived with Soony and Bero, I always wondered how they would behave if they become humans. As dogs, they are restricted in numerous ways. For example, dogs are not allowed to eat at a human restaurant. In the painting, I attempted to show each dog’s personality in a way appropriate for their age. Since Soony is 63 years old and Bero is 29 years old as humans, Soony is portrayed as if she is taking care of me like a grandmother and feeding me food with a loving smile. Then, Bero is having his personal time like a youngster, rather than spending time with me and Soony . Thus, the creation of the work reflects the wishes of the dogs being human-like.
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