I paint the tempo of lightness, which I can hardly achieve in my daily life. Tight tension and the aggressiveness of my surroundings drive me to paint more quietly, and loosely. Rigidity is upsetting, marginal, and the empty space of my painting tells me ‘slow down’.
The process of wiping thin oil with rag, repeatedly, eventually leads me to the point where I am conscious of the format of the canvas – a regular rectangle or square – as a surface on which the oil of my paints can be dematerialized into a residue. I wipe off the paint. This place is very intimate. I try to find the moment where the painting shows me the pulse of time, as my hand touches the surface. Painting then appears to me to be contained, yet extending, or bouncing, or floating, or dissolving.
Min Ji Suh
2014 March 27