뭍 – Poetics on the Island’

A performative work at Corner Art Space, Seoul, Korea

The act of studying and compiling historical writings to a single work of art (집자, 集字) was a popular ancient East-Asian practice among artists and literati to preserve history as well as to re-contextualize the meaning of the works within then present times. What remains is a new, single work of art that is more the reflection and manifestation of psychological, cultural, or societal truths, rather than an inaccurate historical account.

As part of the exhibition Mermaid’s Tales – Paintings & Performance at Corner Art Space, Natalie Mik creates – Poetics on the Island, a performative work that explores the possibilities of truth and knowledge by excavating and assembling tales and myths – stories that are considered ahistorical. For this particular work, Mik has created an island consisting of text pieces that draw from the Korean and Western archives of stories around the ocean and the mermaid. 

As a participatory performance, the artist invites the audience to visit the island with her and to create connectedness between seemingly different existences and cultures through sharing these stories. The remains of – Poetics on the Island will be on view as a retaining and disappearing installation during the exhibition period featuring the empty island and a stack of paper that holds the stories and experiences shared.