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The things we create as artists tend to be unusually representative of ourselves. Sometimes, our creation speaks about our investment in locally or globally important issues, sometimes it speaks about our inner struggles, most of the time it somehow expresses it all. We don’t always know it as the source is buried deep in our subconsciousness and not always necessary for us to consciously contemplate.
In my case, it is the same. Ever since I studied traditional animation at college, I knew I was fascinated by movement. Did I know why though? I don’t think I did. I just saw it as a manifestation of life energy. That part still remains valid but as time went by and as I realized I wanted to actually focus on movement in my artwork, I started to explore what exactly was my motivation. And of course, it all runs deeper.
My artwork on dance is not just appreciation and celebration of either dance or a dancer. It’s a coping mechanism. It’s also an effort to repair my own relationship to dancing. I always loved dancing but as I grew up, there were certain factors that made me turn away. I started to hate dance, or precisely, I programmed myself to hate dancing because it seemed to be the only way to make myself feel less pain over my experiences. It encompasses all the humiliation, broken ambitions, low self-esteem, shame and loss of dreams that engulfed my life in relation to not just dancing, but physical activity in general. Although I do dance now, it’s no longer my first urge to dance when inspired, my first urge is to take a brush and portray someone dancing. And there is sadness in all that, sadness over the fact that once, there was a time, when the urge would be to get up and dance.
I portray Jimin to reconnect.
— Zuza Resides
Twitter account @Residesin (Czech Republic).
Zuza Resides. (2021). Park Jimin the dancer: Study in ink (Filter 2020 edition). The Rhizomatic Revolution Review , (3). https://ther3journal.com/issue-3/park-jimin-the-dancer-study-in-ink-filter-2020-edition.
Zuza Resides. “Park Jimin the Dancer: Study in Ink (Filter 2020 edition).” The Rhizomatic Revolution Review , no. 3, 2021, https://ther3journal.com/issue-3/park-jimin-the-dancer-study-in-ink-filter-2020-edition.
Park Jimin the Dancer: Study in Ink (Filter 2020 edition) by Zuza Resides is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
@Zuza Resides, 2021