January: Mollie Thonneson
February:Kathy Cantwell
March: Alan Walker
April: Katie Truk

May: Colleen Lineberry
June: Michael Wiley
July: Louis Toledo
August: Alison Golder

September: Michael Zambelli
October: Anne Elliott
November: Seunghwui Koo
December: Michael Endy

NOVEMBER - SEUNGHWUI KOO


ARTIST STATEMENT

When I was young, my parents owned a butcher shop.  During that time, I saw a lot of butchered pig.  In Korea, when one opens a new business, buys a new car, or starts a big new endeavor, it is tradition to have a celebration with a pig's head in the center, while money is put into the pig's mouth.  The person then bows and prays for a good and comfortable life.
 
There is a belief that when one dreams of a pig, the next day one should buy a lottery ticket and put a lucky pig charm on their cellphone.  The dream of a pig is a precursor to material wealth.  This can be seen in Korean culture, as people can be seen with some ornament that is of a pig.

However, there is also another different connotation with the pig.  The pig can also symbolize greed. We live in a world where money rules.  The distinction between good and evil is blurred.  We live in a world where philosophy has no place, and only material beauty matters.  Sometimes people curse the rich for having more wealth, but are also envious of those people.  In our competitive world, love and happiness are small things.  In a race, one can run to win. But, you can't win away your loneliness.



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1

New Yorker
Acrylic on resin
14” x 14” x 15” ea.; 2013

2

Narcissism
Acrylic on resin, Mirror
12.5” x 48” x 12”; 2012

3

Lambo
Acrylic on resin
24” x 24” x 9”; 2013

4

Born with a silver spoon
Acrylic on resin
24.5” x 15” x 15; 2013


5

Sunday Afternoon
Acrylic on resin
8.5” x 9” x 10”; 2013

6

Run! Run! Run!
Acrylic on resin
20” x 7” x 12.5”; 2014

7

Models
Acrylic on resin
5.8’ x  4.5’ x 2.5’; 2005

8
Life is a game
Installation: 10,000 terracotta pigs, Checkerboard
Size varies; 2011


9

People
Terracotta pigs on wood panel
48” x 48” x 4”; 2015

10

Blue People
Acrylic on Terracotta pigs, wood panel
24” x 24” x 3.5”; 2015

11

Piggies #7
Acrylic on Terracotta pigs on wood panel
4” x 4” x 1.8”; 2015

12

Amazing Pig #8
Acrylic on Terracotta pigs on wood panel
12” x 12” x 0.75”; 2014


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