Illustration works on media such as books and posters often express topics written in text using images. The texts are prepared first and illustrations interpret them. In ‘Picture Speech’, we change the order so that the viewer faces the pictures which had been prepared first and the texts that interpreted them. Through this, we want to experiment with the interaction between images and texts. Illustrators from numerous countries present pictures that were created based on various issues in the contemporary era—ranging from human rights, gender issues, the New Normal, a pandemic and real estate. The pictures consist of five different sizes that contain consecutive or related narratives. Pen Union (Hana Kim & Sunwoo Hwang), a duo who have written and talked about many different ways of life and stories, add writings to these pictures. This chapter is a conversation between pictures and texts about issues that we can all relate to these days. In addition, we hope this chapter will provide an opportunity to reverse the stereotype that texts are clear and rational while pictures are an ambiguous and emotional way of expression.
Yeji Yun is an illustrator. She works with clients from many countries and in various fields such as publishing, posters, and advertisements. Well-known works of hers include the logo design of MBC’s show Radio Star, pictures for one of NIKE popup stores and Apple’s App Store, Naver’s collaboration logo, the artworks for Coupang Rocket Fresh service, and posters for the Jarasum International Jazz Festival and the KARA Animal Film Festival. She also made picture books such as Peanutborough Cucumberland, 12 Lands, and Let’s Go for a Walk, and worked on illustrations for the 20th anniversary special edition of Daisy, A Hen into the Wild. Yun conducted a project for a picture book Is This My Home? for a Danish energy company, as part of Ørsted’s green energy campaign, in collaboration with an advertising company, Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam. She is sensitive about what is flowing. When she isn’t creating illustrations for work, she practices keeping what is flowing around her as a record. She records the flows of time and emotions as images before she forgets them. She is also interested in various changes in the world, so she is exploring whether she can convey messages that affect the world through illustrations.
- Seoul, South Korea
Fear of Missing Out
“When I was a child, I watched the Korean animation Wonderkid of the Universe 2020 and imagined what the future in 2020 would be like. Today, in 2020, we became trapped in a pandemic. And it still goes on in 2021. Stuck in a lockdown, we just look at our cellphones. When I hear other people’s stories, I feel like I should also follow this trend. I feel I’m the only one falling behind. I started investing in stocks and digital currency. After experiencing red madness and blue sadness back and forth, I eventually became exhausted and frustrated. When everyone shouts that we should go to the moon, I struggled hard and prepared to go to the moon. And then I’m frustrated once again. I feel like I’m a fool. In the meantime, the prices of houses are rising uncontrollably. I thought a flying house was only a scene from a fairy tale. They say if you don’t do something about it you will become a beggar out of nowhere. I’m nervous. How can I survive in the future? I feel like I have to do something about the current situation. I want the world to comfort me by saying that what happened is not my fault.”
The artist painted pictures that show the bitter aspects of this era full of unexpected surprises. As the size of the next painting doubles, it conveys sadness and comfort at the same time, making the viewer’s heart heavier.
- 420 × 297 mm, 594 × 420 mm, 840 × 594 mm, 1188 × 840 mm, 1680 × 1188 mm
- Pigment print