* These are handmade mixed media collage on wood, using cut-out photographs I shot during my various travels.
The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly speaking no longer the ego, but just an old, conditioned mind-pattern. Ego implies unawareness. Awareness and ego cannot coexist. – Eckhart Tolle
The meaning of “ego,” the Latin word for “I” has evolved throughout centuries. Now, it connotes an exaggerated sense of self, synonymous with conceit.
But if used in its original sense, an ego is a key component of survival. The search for identity, the need to satisfy the self, the act of asserting one’s existence in this world are all in accordance with our nature as humans. But if the ego is fed in excess, the act may be called hedonistic; and the things we constantly feed ourselves with are obsessions.
For intermedia artist Jazel Kristin, travel and food are important aspects of her life; she might even call them her obsessions. To deal creatively with these obsessions, she created mixed media collages of images from her various travels in Japan, New York, Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Greece, and Turkey.
During her residency at CASA San Miguel in Zambales in the Philippines, Kristin chose from among her cut-up photographs and mounted them on found wood. Her mantra during the creation: “Trust where your creative source is taking you. Detach from the outcome.” Trusting the universe allowed her to let go of her photographs—to cut, paint, gild, and burn them. Each artwork became a conscious breath, each narrative an awakening.
A continuation of her exhibition “I Consume Therefore I Am” shown in France in 2010 and Philippines in 2012, EGO ALTAR marks the beginning of a transformative journey. In this journey, she met people with different backgrounds from different countries but bounded by the same stories of feeding the ego. Through this experience, Jazel also discovered new things that consumed and eventually inspired her, allowing her to know herself in a deeper sense.
EGO ALTAR acknowledges the things that feed our ego, and places them at the center of reflection—in this case, in “altars”—and be at peace with them. This then is an ode to letting go as much as it is to holding on to humanity.
Date : 1(Fri) September – 3(Sun) December, 2017
Opening : 1(Fri) September 16:00
Venue : Jeonbuk Museum of Art in Jeonbuk Province of Korea
Type : painting, installation and mixed media etc.
Conference : 2(Sat) September 10:00-16:00
Exhibition Features: The 3rd Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition this year will focus on the artistic, social and feminine characteristics of Asian female artists’ fine works. The works of Asian female artists reflect their Distinctive Sensibility/Sense, Sociality, and the Unique Characteristics as well as Feminism. We will invite 24 female artists from about 10 countries in Asia.
CHINA_ Zhen Guo, Xiuwen Cui
TAIWAN_ Hai-Hsin Huang
PHILIPPINES_ JAZEL KRISTIN
TURKEY_ Leman Sevda Daricioğlu
MONGOLIA_ Nandin Erdene Budzagd
INDONESIA_ Dita Gambiro
VIETNAM_ Linh Phuong Nguyen
BANGLADESH_ Bubly Barna
KOREA_ Suknam Yun, kangja Jung, Seola Kim, Seongeun Kang
Hayoon Jay Lee, Hyunduck Kang, Loc Hyun Lee
Yoon Hee Suh, Sook Jin Jo, Yurim Cha
Sung-ae Park, Mackerel Safranski, Jun Ahn, Boyun Ko
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THE CROSSING (5 minutes / no natsot / aegean sea)