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Vines and flowers intertwine with an imposing skeleton in an elegant graphite drawing by Guno Park

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August 6, 2021

Grace Ebert

Detail from “Nature of Things”, graphite / pencil on paper, 85 x 51.5 in. All images © Guno Park, shared with permission

Brooklyn artist Guno Park recalls the tradition of the Memento Mori with an exquisite new drawing that highlights the precarious boundary between life and death. The meticulously hatched piece in graphite titled “Nature of Things” stands at an impressive 85 inches and features the oversized human figure with botanicals winding around her spine and chest. “The joining of the skeleton with vines, leaves and flowers represents for me the power of nature and its inevitability of the continuum. I find consolation in nature, ”says the artist.

Park shares that while skulls and bones are a common subject, he banned most of them to his sketchbook until he scaled up the concept a few months after the pandemic. “This drawing was a journey – like many drawings – that began a little over a year ago… I think our whole world has been reminded of how close to death can be, and I’ve been reminded of it all the time in the news and media ,” he says.

In addition to his studio practice, Park teaches drawing at the New York Academy of Art, ArtCenter, and New York Film Academy. You can find more of his figurative drawings on Instagram.

#Drawing
#Graphite
#momento mori
#plants
#Skeleton

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