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The Ode to Grandmother Flowers

Joy Baek

The Ode to Grandmother Flowers

Joy Baek





Dimensions (cm)

Height: 64
Length: 73
Depth: 13


mixture of iron powder and plaster, latex and rusted metal

Suitable Locations for the Work

  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • Wall-mounted

Background, history, commissioner of the work

Overall, the majority of the artworks from my latest research are rooted in the Korean folklore about Pulsatilla Koreana which most Koreans know as a Grandmother Flower due to its external features reminding of elders. Throughout my oeuvre, the flower has been used as a representation of socially and culturally underrepresented groups. In my latest works, the plant was primarily used as a symbol of parents, elders, or sometimes forgotten/disappearing things.

Thematic/contextual information

The Ode to Grandmother Flowers is highlighting the sublime love, care, and sacrifice of parents by borrowing the imagery of a rusty cross shined on the top of a roof which used to be spotted in the gentrified area in Seoul, Korea.

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