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 . . .