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Topic: North Korean Propaganda **PHOTO + VIDEO ADDED APRIL 24 2013**  (Read 3640 times)
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« on: April 13, 2013 08:49:12 PM »

hi everyone! hope you're all well. these paintings are from my undergrad thesis show. i painted north korean propaganda posters, each one dealing with an different aspect of north korean life. they do exactly the opposite of what actual propaganda does- they show things as they are. yanno, it's really strange.. when i started these, it was because people knew very little about north korea and the situation. by the time i finished them, though, there was something about north korea on the news every single day.
anyway. all the paintings are acrylic, at about 36in x 48in (i think. i don't have the measurements with me, sorry!)

religion


starvation


military


nuclear warfare


defectors


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i took a photo of what everything looked like hung up!


& for anyone who might be interested, here's a link to the video of me talking about my work on thesis night. my dad recorded it for me, haha!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZLJaN7-Rko&feature=youtu.be

hopefully i didn't sound too much like a fool! there were probably over 150 people there so i was a little nervous, lol
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2013 09:53:32 PM »

Whoa, you got mad skillz. They are very moving pieces, some of them hard to look at, like the military one. The eyes on the starvation one, wow. Which was your favorite to paint?
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2013 10:05:50 PM »

Whoa, you got mad skillz. They are very moving pieces, some of them hard to look at, like the military one. The eyes on the starvation one, wow. Which was your favorite to paint?

thank you! hmmm... the religion one was a lot of fun for me to paint. by "fun" i guess i mean most engrossing, or something haha. they all had their good & bad parts, but i enjoyed that one the most.
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2013 01:43:46 AM »

These are really beautiful (and haunting).  What a great project.
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2013 02:33:13 AM »

I have to agree. It is a great project!
How many years are you painting? You got skills Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2013 05:24:55 AM »

Very powerful images and you are talented not only in painting ability, but in getting the deep meaning/feeling in paint.
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2013 06:53:08 AM »

These are wonderful ~ very powerful, _trains_. You are a very talented artist!
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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2013 07:29:01 PM »

I have to agree. It is a great project!
How many years are you painting? You got skills Smiley

haha, thank you. i'm in my 5th year of university as a painting/ceramics concentration, but i've been painting for as long as i can remember. i'd say i've been painting serious though since high school, so let's say 9-10 years maybe?

These are really beautiful (and haunting).  What a great project.

thank you! i appreciate it :]

Very powerful images and you are talented not only in painting ability, but in getting the deep meaning/feeling in paint.

i hope everyone seeing these in person during the exhibition feels the same way, haha. thanks!

These are wonderful ~ very powerful, _trains_. You are a very talented artist!

thanks :]
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2013 02:53:57 AM »

Oh, these are so sad and wonderful at the same time.  I think you did a really great job of touching the viewer's heart.  Starvation is my favorite - sort of - it made me want to cry, but also I wish I could hang it on my wall because it is such a wonderfully rendered piece.

You should be very proud of this series!
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2013 12:09:13 PM »

Thanks for sharing your truths through your art...very haunting and beautifully done...
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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2013 01:56:16 PM »

They're wonderful! 
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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2013 06:02:32 PM »

Very haunting body of work. Well done!
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« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2013 02:41:59 PM »

Nuclear Warfare and Defectors are my favorites. People around here (Iowa) talk about the 'crazy North Koreans', but in my mind it's unfair to generalize the situation like that. The government of a country is the entity that makes decisions, and those civilians have to do what they're told and follow laws set out by the government, just like we do. You did a nice job of portraying it, I think.
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« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2013 03:16:04 PM »

Nuclear Warfare and Defectors are my favorites. People around here (Iowa) talk about the 'crazy North Koreans', but in my mind it's unfair to generalize the situation like that. The government of a country is the entity that makes decisions, and those civilians have to do what they're told and follow laws set out by the government, just like we do. You did a nice job of portraying it, I think.

thank you, this is exactly what i'm trying to get across with this project. i get so angry when i hear "ahh, just nuke 'em!" excuse me, but there are 23 million people there who know nothing but what information the government feeds them. i don't know if you've looked into what their propaganda looks like, but it's pretty crazy. i put together a book of it (along side my own work) to accompany this project, as well as a projection featuring clips of the troops marching from a documentary. if you were being told the things they are being told, you'd be at constant war with the rest of the world as well.

thanks to everyone else, too!
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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2013 10:08:41 PM »

Amazing art with a social message. You are very talented.
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« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2013 04:55:25 PM »

I think these are great! You did an amazing job.
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« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2013 12:34:01 PM »

Disconcerting. Very powerful. Wonderful work, it surely will not fail to illicit emotional reactions while on display. I hope you have a place for people to write to you so you can read it back at the end of the show. Really, powerful images.
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« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2013 07:15:42 PM »

again, thanks everyone! i'm glad you've taken something away from my work  Kiss
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Wow! that is amazing. You did a great job at translating your message into art.
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« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2013 07:22:55 AM »

these are gorgeous! your composition is excellent, and the fact that they are so loaded with meaning adds to their beauty.
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