The Comfort Girls
Installation, 70h x 70w x 36d inches
Mulberry paper, newspaper, wood, barbed wire
Over seventy years after World War II, the lack of acknowledgement of and apology for the systemized rape of young Korean girls by the Japanese army still threatens the diplomatic and economic ties between the two countries. But rather than using these atrocities as political currency I hope that we look for ways to stop such violation and abuse of our most vulnerable from repeating again. Using a unique Korean paper felting technique, joomchi, the numerous holes on the socks in traditional Korean socks, buh-sun, were made by over-rubbing the paper to the point of puncturing the surface.