Paintings and commentary by Jio Park
A painting teacher told me to map out what I wanted to paint while oil painting. A really light, simple sketch, in a plain color. She said it was okay to change it later on, that oil paint was forgiving, in a way. It has become a habit of mine to leave these lines as a part of my finished pieces, to add some sort of abstract dimension to an otherwise realistic painting.
I started these pieces a couple of months ago, actually. Starting them, I had a very clear image in my mind of what I wanted them to look like. When I got about halfway, though, I stopped. I took them out just today to photograph them, my “unfinished” pieces, giving close attention to the parts that were very much undone.
In doing so, I kind of realized that I enjoyed these parts, maybe even the most. I enjoyed the aspect of 2-dimensional mixed in with 3-dimensional. I was so focused on the image I had had in my head when beginning these paintings; even this was supposed to be an article about work in progress pieces. It took me a very long time to realize that what I may have thought was unfinished was maybe already complete.
Top, Unfinished 1; Bottom, Unfinished 2