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Dots : Motgol 66

BY JAZOO Yang | 30-Nov-2015
Dots(Motgol66)_ Entirely covering an empty house set to be demolished and replaced by a high-rise apartment with Inju Thumbprints_Motgol, Busan, South Korea_2015/Art by JAZOO Yang/Photo by Young-moon Ha
'Inju' is an ink-soaked pad used for inking a stamp or taking thumbprints. Usually it is made of castor oil and silk from cocoons.

Inju thumbprint is different with fingerpaint. Inju fingerprint is called, ‘Jijang’, in Korean. 'Jijang' is an act of dipping one’s thumb into ink pad to imprint fingerprint, and it’s similar to that of a signature and is commonly used in public offices and on important documents or contracts, and has the legal significance and effect. Thus, ‘Jijang’ is a more public expression about promise, contract, pledge, and oath, and like the seal of western nobles and royalties, it also means presenting oneself.

[JAZOO Yang has worked on demolition fields before, like in Ahyeon-dong(Seoul) or New Town Wangsimni. She collected building waste as objects and drew on them; engraved repetitious images on site; and made an altar that she carried around the site. In this project, Dots: Motgol66, it seems like she became more sensitive, like the wall through which she feels the world became much thinner. Holding an Inju[1] in one hand, she fills the outer wall of a building with her thumbprints from the other hand. She prints her finger on the wall until the ink on her thumb fades away and then inks her thumb again and keeps printing, repeatedly and steadily. Being asked why she didn’t make all the marks clear, she said, “I realized that time is a space. The mark fading away is an expression of the flow of time and space itself.” For me, the comment was the clearest answer that represents remembering, since the constant action of marking her thumb during the time that she stayed in the space is the action of remembering the space.]

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