I always liked drawing, tracing and shaping something I have in mind with my own hands.
I don’t know when I stopped doing that. I guess that something crossed my path before realizing how much I like it. Maybe friends, girls or any other distraction that during the adolescence turns you away from the way that you subconsciously lead during your childhood.
Afterwards, I had some minor brushes again but the time I really reconnected again –at least for a few time- was with my friends Tono and Felo facing abandoned walls with a spray in my hand. Good blessed times.
Then, I quitted again. They created CNFSN+ and nowadays they are renowned artists, both together and separately. Bravo for them, I’m glad that they are now living from what they like. That’s the key for happiness. Everytime I meet them again they reproach me for quitting painting. I guess that once again, it was the destiny, it wasn’t my moment.
Calligraphy has always been another of my hobbies. The beauty of handwriting has always attracted my attention. With this thing of the digital era, we have in someway lost a legacy of the human history. We don’t handwrite love letters any more. Now we type our thoughts and ideas.
The strictness imposed to me at school setted the trends for good calligraphy and also for good spelling.
My korean heritage has always made me visualize and also feel weakness for asian calligraphy. Those scrolls, that mysticism of the art in a single brush stroke. But I wasn’t really concerned about this attraction. I wasn’t clear about it until recently. It was latent inside of me.
In my last trip to Busan I came into a korean art shop in Kukje market, full of paintings and brushes, and it was then when something awakened inside me.
When I returned to the Canaries I started painting secretly and searching for more info. Drawing sounds in Korean, trying to find my own style, which is mutating and evolving gradually.
I can write your name or any sound in Korean, or rather, in my own written interpretation of Korean because it seems that what I create is not even understandable by Koreans themselves.
It is something like graffiti. You can intuit something, but unless you are told exactly what it says, you don’t achieve to read it.
Since then, I think I got a problem. I got my house full of papers with doodles.
In chinese, korean and japanese, each symbol is a sound, a syllabe. Syllabes can easily be identified in any text. What I’ve done in my sketches is unifying syllabes and creating words in only one structure like in the Roman script, which lets my imagination run free in the way of their synthetisation.
I try to find my own graphic identity. I still have a lot to learn, to try and practice, but what I like the most is how much fun I have while doing it. Since I got a free time, I relax myself inventing new ways to draw the words. It is my refuge after so much work.
The most curious thing is that Moon, my family name, in Hanja (ancient korean that derives from the chinese) means “writing”. I realized that for some reason, destiny was calling me. To say more. When by coincidence I noticed the logo of Google Translate –that I had never observed properly- included the symbol of my family name. This made my hair stand on end.
I also found out that an aunt of mine is a renowned artist and has her own callligraphy school in Korea. I hope I will go soon to visit her and learn from her if she wants to teach me. They say that to become an expert hadwritting artist you need at least 20 years of practice, but I would feel fortunate just learning some basic notions because I’m not looking for purity or perfection. I am not pure. I am not perfect. I just try to have fun, and maybe following millenary rules to the letter will not allow me to to have fun and be creative.
I am following people with totally different styles to each other but they all have things that I like: Aoyagi Bisen, Retna, Pokras Lampas, El Seed, Fabienne Verdier… Everyone has something that attracts my attention and is aligned with what I am looking for.
Korean artists that I follow are few. I still have much to discover.
Kim Henn, who does not have much to see with my tendencies but is awesome.
Royal Dog is one of the few muralists-graffiti Korean artists I know and the truth is that I also like his afro-american-korean fusion.
I have to admit that for some reason I feel curiosity for Byulsam, a young artitst who, having great talent for classic calligraphy, is creating her own unique and modern style which breaks up with the classic rules of calligraphy. Perhaps that is what I like and makes me feel identified with her.
And meanwhile, as Golden Boy says, ”study, study, study”.
“There is the one who walks. Above him, there is the one who runs. Above him, there is the one who flyes. But above all of them, there is the one who’s having fun” (Korean saying).