- Nice to meet you. Please briefly introduce yourselves.
Chaeyeun: Hi, my name is Chaeyeun Ahn and I’m a 12th grader. I study fine art, especially painting.
Q. You two have different fields of art as your fortes. What inspired you choose that specific field?
Yewon: I didn’t expect that I would take illustration as my major. Originally, I wanted to become a game concept designer, however, I realised that my art style was different from the style that was valued in game concept designing, so I chose the field that was most related to my style, which was illustration.
Chaeyeun: My mother enjoyed oil painting since I was in the elementary school. Going the art academy was my daily routine, so studying art was a natural phenomenon to me without one specific trigger that initiated my interest. From the elementary school to high school, I realised my talent in fine art when I compared myself to other people around me.
Q. Was there a theme that you wanted to focus on for this exhibition?
Yewon: My art pieces are all incorporated in the calendar that I created. Because my works are usually small, I attached some black frames around each work to give a focus, like people usually do in photography exhibitions.
Chaeyeun: My works don’t centre around only one theme but are rather divided into several topics. For example, my self-portrait has a theme of “home,” as you can see from three houses in the background. It exhibits by childhood dream of living on a grass field with my two siblings. Other than this, there are three pieces with the theme of “unpleasant conditions,” and a still life work.
Q. How long did it take you to create all the artworks and prepare the exhibition?
Yewon: I spent about 17 hours in total. Actually, I was preparing other works for this exhibition that were purposefully created with the “school’s style,” but I wanted to purely enjoy the creation of the works in my style, which was more focused on the use of pens rather than many colours, so cancelled the previous plan and started a new one. I also spent some time with the print shop due to some printing problems.
Chaeyeun: It took about 60 hours to create the works and do the exhibition. The still life work required so much elaboration that it took the longest time, more than 20 hours. Also, I generally draw slowly, so I think this is one of the reasons why it took a long time.
Q. Out of many beautiful pieces, which one stands out to you?
Yewon: The piece on January stands out to me. Unlike other pieces that I improvised right away, the January illustration was a piece that I always wanted to finish up. I have numerous pieces that I started and didn’t put a final touch, and this illustration was one of them. After seeing it countless times in my drawer for about a year, left unfinished, I kind of became attached to the piece.
Chaeyeun: The portrayal of an old man from the series of “unpleasant conditions” stands out to me. I usually create realistic works with pastels but I decided to take a challenge to try a rough style. The outcome was satisfying, and I could feel the pride that I won the challenge whenever I saw the portrayal of the old man.
Q. Please give your final words to the audience of the exhibition.
Yewon: I hope you enjoy our exhibition! My calendars are on sale also, so remember to buy one before they are sold out.
Chaeyeun: I would like you to keep the feeling of the artworks in your heart by the time you leave the gallery. Thank you!