Artists often explore new mediums and push the limits on how they create new work. Korean artist Jihyun Park has certainly done that, using incense sticks to burn thousands of tiny holes into rice paper, generating beautifully detailed landscapes, clouds, trees and mountains. In the appropriately named Incense Series, the final drawings are mounted on varnished canvases, allowing the viewers eyes to see shadows created by the holes, and a reflection of light from the white canvases.
“The holes in the paper allow one’s eye to see shadows while at the same time light is reflected back from the varnished canvas. This balance of dark and light, emptiness and substance is the essence of ‘Yin’ and ‘Yang’ and through this balance utopia is achieved” -Jihyun Park