This is a fantastic picture book that features 25 beautiful and delicate oriental pictures.
- Book Intro
Painter Sin Seon-mi is evaluated in South Korean artistic circles as having accomplished the temporal expansion of traditional East Asian painting. Addressing the daily lives of contemporary women while using the techniques of traditional East Asian color painting, her work is known to intricately portray the games of graceful women and children dressed in Hanboks, traditional Korean clothing, cats, and ant fairies that busily travel between dreams and reality in sophisticated colors while reflecting a wealth of stories in the canvas. Likewise, in this picture book, the artist places a clinical thermometer, a bottle gourd, and a character pillow next to ant fairies and a mother and a child wearing a Hanbok. By doing so, she creates a mysterious atmosphere that straddles tradition and contemporaneity. In addition, she boldly omits depictions of the background, thus calling readers' attention solely to the characters, which are painted on subtly ochre-colored traditional Korean paper. The artist's mysterious childhood experience of seeing fairies has become the starting point of her ant fairy series. That memory lay dormant in her mind for a long time, maturing as she became a mother and finally becoming born as a picture book starring her son. The artist has painstakingly recreated that tale of fairies miraculously encountered in the innocence of childhood on large sheets of traditional Korean paper measuring larger than one meter over the course two years, thus producing 25 beautiful traditional East Asian paintings. Ant Fairies in the Middle of the Night is a beautiful painting collection and picture book.
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