Peace meditation for Myanmar
I have been invited by Chonnam University in South Korea to exhibit along with 15 Myanmar artists, 40 Korean Artists and 9 artists from other countries in the
Republic of Korea-Myanmar Joint Art Exhibition 2021 “With Myanmar 展”
In 2018 I was invited to give a lecture to students at Chonnam University and particularly impressed by the young women who when I asked them for questions stood up and communicated with me. The process was helped by the expert translation by Inja Choo, South Korean artist living in the U.S.A.
In 2018 this lecture was concurrent with the 'Imagined Borders' Biennale that the International Women’s Art Exchange Association (IWAEA) holds a women's art festival , designed not only to understand the diversity of contemporary cultures through national and regional exchanges, but also to promote women’s imagination and creativity through the convergence of both arts and the social messages of women’s culture in the local community. In the process, it has become a part of the vibrant global community of women’s art.
In 1980 Gwangju faced a similar situation to the one that Myanmar faces now, and Chonnam University has historical records in plaques and monuments of how the students stood up to the oppression. They were therefore prompted to host this exhibition “With Myanmar 展” to be held at The May Hall Gallery and Thinking Box Gallery in Chonnam University from May 1st-7th 2021.
I meditated on what to paint and felt that main thing I wished for Myanmar was Peace and especially to artist friends I know there. I therefore symbolised this through the dove of peace in a triptych 'Peace one hundredfold' one of the which is shown here, within the whole painting i painted peace one hundred times focusing that intention.