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Nabi: Light Paintings In Nature

  • Posted by Peter Glatzer on October 13, 2015 in Art
  • These light paintings by Korean artist Lee Jeong Lok have a mystical, spiritual quality. The photos use light in various symbolic forms particularly the butterfly, (Nabi is butterfly in Korean). The artist sees a lot of sprituality in this.  Whether you do or not, the magical beauty is still a treat.

    From the artist: 

    The butterfly, symbolizing a being moving from this world to the other, a spirit, was used to signify a gate and a messenger linking the two worlds. Nabi, the title of my work, also means prophet in Hebrew. The sphere that sometimes appears stems from the original form and order of the universe. I expressed the spirit inside the form, not the form itself, in the form of nabi, the butterfly.

    Lee considers himself to be a religious person and always tries to imbue his photographs with a deep sense of spirituality and imagination. 

    With light, I have been painting something that exists despite its invisible nature; places that correspond to the visible world, places beyond our sensual cognition, profoundly mysterious places that nevertheless cannot be separated from our world of cognition. Painting with light is the body, mind, and the soul harmoniously following the rhythm; it was an act of delivering positive energy felt by the body, rather than creating something from nothing.
     
     


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