Contrast between light and shadow is the basic subject matters of my paintings. In my paintings, light substitutes for the actual world, and shadow means the spiritual world.
I concentrate on painting the shadows of my hand because that shape is familiar to everyone. Moreover, people have a preconception about the shape of a hand. In showing the various images of the shadows of my hand, which are changed by light condition, I tell audiences that our environment provides diverse situations that are different from their normal lives. Even though the shapes painted on my canvas look like abstract expressions, they are actual forms that people can find in their lives if they are interested in the shapes of shadows. This expression is the way I show my intention to the audience.
When I process my paintings, I spend a lot of time working on the surfaces of the canvases before I put color on them. I apply the gesso on canvases repeatedly an sand the surfaces. I repeat this processing until the surfaces can sensitively show the color that I will paint on them. After I finish the surface, I paint layers of tin oil colors on it, because the tin oil color, which is made to be mixed with turpentine, helps keep the surface smooth and clean. In this way I can express the layers in my paintings without texture. Usually my paintings overlap between fifteen and twenty layers of hand shapes and a background color.