Joomchi: Korean Paper Art Wall Sculpture
2015 - 2016
The main element in this artform is thin layers of paper made from the inner fiber of the Korean mulberry tree which I soften and strengthened through a time-consuming process called joomchi. This ancient technique dates back at least a 1,000 years. High-quality Korean hanji paper is alternately wet and agitated with the hands to breakdown and enhance the mulberry fibers. Once dried, it is ripped, burned, massaged, rolled, and is often finished with a layer of beeswax.
I am able to create a cloth-like paper/textile that has a delicacy and fragility, yet can last hundreds of years. These “joomchied” pieces have a handmade quality where the boundaries between paper, textile and sculpture collide. For me, the fragility and strength of the textile reflects the duality of the human spirit..