YUN Sungfeel 윤성필
My work is about the nature of existence, as explored and explained by Eastern philosophies and the theories of universal physics. My fascination with this subject began with my painful episodes of bronchial asthma attacks during my childhood. In some of these episodes, the fear of death took hold of me when the agony went past the point of bearing. In these moments of panic, I became preoccupied with ontological questions. The deceptively simple 'What am I?' has always interested me since then, and this the starting point for my works as well as the main theme.
To investigate this question, I studied in Eastern philosophies and religions like Taoism, the Yin and Yang theory, and Buddhism. My interest in this question also led me to the nature of the universe, and I began to explore theories in modern sciences. I was particularly drawn to the physical laws as explained by the likes of the string theory and quantum mechanics. Interestingly, despite having totally different viewpoints and histories, the physical theories of the universe do not differ in essence from ancient Eastern philosophies and religions. They both regard the universe as a circulating system of energy created by electromagnetic force (Yin and Yang), and furthermore, they describe the repeating cycles of creation and extinction within the universe. According to Albert Einstein:
The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.
Ancient Eastern philosophers used concise expressions to express complex ideas. The limitations of language obscure their density. Similarly, I avoid redundancy and superflousness in visualizing my ideas, as visual flamboyance often cloud my ideas within the works. My works are the concise visual records of my self-exploration, and my thoughts on the universe.