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RICH WILDLIFE BY EGENE KOO

by Ariadna Zierold

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South Korea based artist Egene Koo‘s illustrations and detailed oil paintings with an unusual combination of elements that is both dreamy and unsettling.

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Many of her paintings started from old stories like ‘fairy tales’. Basically, she’s interested in the connection between the past and the present. When she meets some appealing scenes from old stories, she feels like they lead her to listen carefully and find something inside. Koo thinks that working with old stories is rather like discovery or excavation. In this sense, her paintings become a reinterpretation of stories; most of the chosen stories are connected with her own interest in human mentality.

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