SEOUL, June 30 (Korea Bizwire) – A girl wakes up in the morning to realize her mother is nowhere to be seen. The kitchen is turned into a little valley with water overflowed from the sink. Anxious, she breaks her piggy bank and gets on a fishing boat, embarking on a little journey to look for her mother.
The autobiographical photo series, “My Age of Seven,” by artist Won Seoung-won was an attempt to overcome her childhood trauma from constant, sometimes violent, wrangling among family members, the absence of her working mother and a sense of being neglected by adults, by wrapping her painful memories with fantastical, bright and fairy-tale-like visual images.
“The adults were only interested in waging war against each other and I was abandoned. I felt deeply wounded but no one cared. An anxiety disorder followed me all along,” the artist told Yonhap News Agency during an interview on Thursday.
Becoming more abstract and symbolic, the series delivers the characteristics of seven different jobs in image, peppered with mysterious visual references that are so meticulously hidden inside the dynamic scenery created with what she describes as “photo installation.”