Q. Nice to meet you. Please briefly introduce yourselves.
Jinee: I’m Jinee Park and I’m in 12th grade. Although I’m not planning to major in art, I have a great interest, which is the reason why I decided to do an art exhibition for my senior project.
Caroline: Hi, I’m Caroline Kim and I’m in 12th grade. For my senior project, I created a huge art collage based on the story of the Chinese zodiac. I’m interested in the cultures around the work, especially the Chinese culture, because I lived there for a long time.
Q. You two have different fields of art as your fortes. What inspired you choose that specific field?
Jinee: Since I was young, I wanted to have my own house and design my own place to make it a part of my ‘self.’ Even in these days, I’m willing to design the interior of my future house.
Caroline: As I attended to CDS, I tried to incorporate many “making” projects in my academics. The first time I made a collage was when we had to do an English project based on “Heart of Darkness.” While I was doing the project, I enjoyed making the collage and thought that it would be great to create a collage for my senior project. Also, I wanted to give a visual appeal to the audience so they could see and enjoy.
Q. Was there a theme that you wanted to focus on for this exhibition?
Jinee: My theme is “uniqueness.” I didn’t want my house to be a simple building that people usually see in their daily lives, like those rectangular ones. I wanted some rooms with different shapes, like triangles, and make them unique.
Caroline: My artwork is based on the story of the Chinese zodiac. I thought this story would be the best way to get people interested in my work because every person has a different Chinese zodiac sign. Also, it was the easiest and most interesting story that I learned in China.
Q. How long did it take you to create all the artworks and prepare the exhibition?
Jinee: It took about 22 hours. I had difficulties with the programme that I used, “Home by Me,” because it was hard for me to figure out how this worked. Aside from technological issues, I also spent some time coming up with the blueprints for the interior.
Caroline: I spent about 37 hours and 5 minutes to create the collage and 2 hours to paste the work on the gallery wall. The pieces kept falling off so I had to re-tape them several times.
Q. Out of many beautiful pieces, which one stands out to you?
Jinee: The design for the main bedroom stands out to me because I actually wanted to have this room in the future. In addition, the walls are covered with bricks and the room itself is especially bigger than other rooms. Although it’s a bedroom, it has many things inside, like bookshelves that allow people to read and rest. These unique aspects make the room particularly stand out to me.
Caroline: All the animals are my favourites but I spent the longest time designing the cow. The Chinese zodiac story begins with the story of the cow and the mouse, so I wanted the cow to be really nice. I searched up some images from the Chinese paper cutting to get an inspiration for my design.
Q. Please give your final words to the audience of the exhibition.
Jinee: I hope you get inspired by my works. At first, it might be hard to figure out how my works are set up, but once you get used to it, it will be a lot of fun.
Caroline: Come and see my artwork, and experience the Chinese culture! Thank you.