Roaming dodos

Kim

Year:

2017

Media:

gouache on canvas

Size (cm):

97 x 162 x 2

Roma 2018

Other works

Lyndhurst NJ in Dodo

Kim

Year:

2017

Media:

mixed media on canvas

Size (cm):

110.4 x 164.5 x 2

Roma 2018

Birds and Dodo

Kim

Year:

2016

Media:

gouache on canvas

Size (cm):

112 x 145 x 2

Roma 2018

Biography

Sunwoo Kim
1988. 04. 29
Dongguk Univ. Fine art BA
Dongguk Univ. Art education MA
wind_island@naver.com
+82 1064203726

Project

I have learned the tragedy of the Dodo bird while I was working on these projects. The dodo bird inhabited the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, where it lived undisturbed for so long that it lost its need and ability to fly. It lived and nested on the ground and ate fruits that had fallen from trees. There were no mammals on the island and a high diversity of bird species lived in the dense forests. In 1505, the Portuguese became the first humans to set foot on Mauritius. The island quickly became a stopover for ships engaged in the spice trade. Weighing up to 50 pounds, dodo bird was a welcome source of fresh meat for the sailors. Large numbers of dodo birds were killed for food. ‘Dodo’ stands for the meaning of ‘stupid’ in Portuguese which named by Portuguese because they use to laugh at these dodo birds by being caught so easily to them. In 1681 the last dodo bird has been killed and only the place that proves of dodo bird is by their bones displayed in National Library of Port Louis Mauritius.

After knowing this fact, I felt in mind that modern people are also unconsciously pulling out one by one of their wing feathers that represents their freedom by themselves. Therefore I felt the dodo bird is related and gives some kind of warning to nowadays modern people. Meanwhile I had a chance to travel for a month (07.05 – 08.05.2015) to Mauritius and work on my art by promoted in the ‘ilhyun travel grant’ and learned that dodo bird is actually give a very strong inspiration by itself.


In this Art room project I will be building a room with the concept of 'Jungle of Dodo'. In my work, the image of the jungle appears without missing.
It is because the property of modern society is like the jungle which does not know what kind of danger is burdened.
However, as many explorers and archaeologists have done in the past, exploring deep jungles can lead to unexpected and valuable discoveries.
Because of this, the Dodo birds that appear here and there in the works are individuals who are searching for something in the modern society as the jungle. I want people to find something in my room.

Also, I would like to tell you that many Dodo birds in various places in my work are like 'eggs' that have the possibility of flying again, rather than being a stupid bird that can not fly anymore.
The world tries to limit our imagination and deceive many lies into facts, but we seem to continue to find something of hope that is still wriggling in such violent narratives. I think that the spirit of the age that an artist living in this age should have is not to overdo such things, to polish them to glitter.