Yi Eun Chae
Fire is a medium which unlocks the world of daydreams inherent in man and opens up to forgotten memories. Fire is a physical imagination, and the original form of the fundamental image that revives memories. Candles, although a form of fire, are fundamentally different from fire. The candle, of all matters in the world that cause us to daydream, is one of the main factors that produces images in our minds, and activates our imagination.
Therefore, candles are like ‘sensible symbols’ or ‘sensible objects’. As a sensible symbol, the candle makes man think. The ‘symbols of fire’ in candles revive ingrained memories in man through the ‘materiality of fire’, visualizing them into a synesthesia illusion. Thus, the daydreams of candles resurrect hidden memories in men, transforming ‘sensible symbols’ into ‘synesthesiac symbols’. The imaginary space and surrealistic images through such process, transports us from the past to the present, making space-times coexist and surpass each other.
The ‘symbols of fire’ in my work, such as ‘candles’, ‘lamps’ and other plant-like images of fire, are represented as ‘memory’ and imaginary space of synesthesia through the ‘visional qualities of fire’.-