Saturday, February 13, 2016

JooYoung Choi's Cosmic Womb . . .

I'm not entirely sure what to make of this artist, JooYoung Choi. She's a bit like some of the outsider artists I've occasionally blogged on - her art is part of a larger creative goal, creating characters to populate an 'entire' cosmos! I put "entire" in scare quotes because in her wiki site about this place, she tells us that this cosmos - or, rather, this paracosm - spans 6,732 miles, which sounds small for a cosmos:
The Cosmic Womb Wiki documents the characters and history of a land called the "Cosmic Womb" created by JooYoung Choi. This paracosm spans approximately 6,732 miles, and is governed by Queen Kiok, humanoid creatures called Tuplets: Lady K, Aidee Three, Emo Flowers (No. 36), KunYook Six, Novem Nine, and Haneul-Sek aka Blue Girl, and one earthling from Concord, NH named C.S. Watson.
I'm reminded somehow of the great outsider artist Henry Darger, whom I have blogged about here. There's something of the novelist in both Darger and Choi in their compulsion to create characters and bring them together in a story.

But is Choi an outsider? Yes, to the extent that she feels herself one. She was an adoptee from Korea to Caucasian parents in the United States, and she lived in an almost entirely white area and always felt different, something of an outsider, which she of course was, but of this time, of that place, of some parentage, what does it matter? The future makes outsiders of us all . . .

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At 4:48 PM, Blogger JooYoung Choi said...

Neat article.

Just to clarify.

The cosmic womb is only one nation on a planet called Seong Seong Segae. Although I am not entirely sure, I suspect that Seong Seong Segae is not far from Jupiter and may even orbit around it as a large moon or dwarf planet.

As for the future making outsiders of us all... If any thing as the years past I feel more connected to the world around me.

All of us have a moment in our life where we feel like an outsider, what matters is what we do with that feeling, do we push it down and ignore it or do we use it as inspiration to create something special from it?

It is our choice to see the obstacles in our lives as mundane problems we all must deal with or we can see them as unique opportunities given to us to understand ourselves, our purpose and the meaning of ones life.

At 4:52 PM, Blogger JooYoung Choi said...

Ps. Have you heard Elaine Pagels speak? I heard her speak at a general assembly in 2005 great stuff.

At 5:30 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks for visiting my world, which seems to attract artists - the artist Terrance Lindall visited here a few times, and we became friends. He even illustrated my novella!

Thanks, also, for the explanation about wombs, moons, and planets!

I've not heard Pagels speak, but I've read her work - she is good at reaching a broad audience.

Jeffery Hodges

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