My Country, 2003 - Do Ho Suh
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About My Country
My Country is a representation of one of South Korean artist Do Ho Suh's seminal "wallpaper" pieces. From afar, the image looks to be an informal outline of a house held up by tiny feet, all moving in the ...Read More
My Country is a representation of one of South Korean artist Do Ho Suh's seminal "wallpaper" pieces. From afar, the image looks to be an informal outline of a house held up by tiny feet, all moving in the same direction. Up close, the pixilated dots turn out to be tiny oval portraits scanned from the artist's high-school yearbooks. The work taps into ever-present themes in the artist's work, including that of identity, individuality and conformity, and cultural and personal displacement.Read Less
About the Artist
About Do Ho Suh
These tensions—rootedness versus displacement and individuality versus conformity—are seen in seminal works like Seoul Home/L.A. Home, 1994, a transparent baldachin of silk shaped like a house suspended from the ceiling, a "house" that can be folded up and packed into a suitcase. Additionally, works like Floor, 1997—2000, where the small palms of hundreds of multicolored figures hold up a thick, glass platform; Who Am We?, 1996, where the tiny portraits of approximately 40,000 teenagers taken from the artist's high-school yearbooks are made into pixilated-looking wallpaper, the portraits only visible at close distance; and Fallen Star 1/5, 2009, a 1/5 scale model of a house the artist lived in Providence, Rhode Island, crashing into the traditional Korean house (called hanok) that the artist grew in, are also prime examples of materials, themes, and subjects in Do Ho Suh's œ“uvre to date. Read Less
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