Imo Flowers No. 36, Keeper of the Great Promise - CWU Series 1, #2

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Imo Flowers No. 36, Keeper of the Great Promise - CWU Series 1, #2

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"Imo Flowers No. 36, Keeper of the Great Promise - CWU Series 1, #2" 6x8 inches. Acrylic paint on cut paper layered on stretched canvas. 2018.

This piece is the second painting in a series I hope to create over the next few years.

Imo Flowers, also known as Emo Flowers or Number 36, is the keeper of the Great Promise. For me, flowers are a symbol of the mysterious wonder we have been given to experience and explore here on Earth.

In my mind, flowers didn’t need to be colorful, they could have just been dull and grey. Bees and other pollinators could’ve been designed to be attracted merely to their smell or a vibration, but instead, created to be colorful. For no other reason than what I call the Great Promise. The promise that we have been given a world to love, and the promise that we humans were designed to be beings of love with the capacity to wonder.

Imo Flowers is the force energy of all things floral, and recently she has realized that her powers extend in to other plant life. She is one of the Tuplets, magical beings who are also known as “Children of the Stars”.

Imo’s name was inspired by my niece Hannah, who called me Imo, this word means Aunt in Korean. One day, my niece was learning about last names, my sister was trying to explain to Hannah what her “Imo’s” last name was. Hannah looked at her and said, her last name is Flowers. Imo Flowers. I had recently been developing this character, and I loved this story, and decided that this name would be perfect.

The No. 36, references my adoption paperwork, my adoption file name was K83-3696, thus, this character takes on the 36 in this alphanumeric code. Number 36’s sisters are the Tuplets named Lady K, Aidee Three (83), Big Six, and Novem Nine. In a way each character I create continues to build an ever growing self portrait.

Lastly, this character is inspired by a trip I took to the Peace Museum in Hiroshima. In that museum was a photo of a woman turning away, she appeared to be wearing a beautiful kimono, as I approached the photo, I realized it was not a kimono but rather the imprint of her robe on her body from the flash of the atomic bomb. I never wanted to forget the impact of this haunting image.

The power of art, is that I am able to transform that which could leave the heart in an immobilized moment of pain and trauma and invite it into a realm that fosters healing and growth. In believe that in some way, the girl you see in this painting is the freed spirit of the woman I saw in the photo. She has conquered her trauma, her fears and her pain. She has learned to wield the power from her experiences to become a force energy of growth, love, life and the Great Promise.

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A little about the Cosmic Womb Series Project

As many of you have learned from my website or visiting one of my works in person, I am known for making rather large scale works. Be it sculpture, installations or painting, most of it could be considered too large for most people’s homes. Moreover, I have heard from many people that they wish they could afford my paintings but the cost is too high. This has led me on a journey to develop a format for smaller works that are still hand painted but more affordable than works previously available.

The format for this series is based on the 1992 Marvel Universe trading cards I collected as a child. These cards changed my life. I made lifelong friends, fell in love with a new artform and learned about the power of world building.

Each work is painted on watercolor paper with acrylic paint or gouache and affixed with gel medium onto a 6X8 stretched canvas. Create a distinction between this collection of small works and other small paintings I have chosen to mount these works on paper onto canvases that are 3/4th of an inch in depth. Periodically I will release new additions to the series, featuring other characters within the Cosmic Womb narrative.

When you purchase a piece from this series, the funds go towards replenishing supplies and art studio rental costs.

Once the 209 works have been completed, I plan to have the whole series printed as a collection of trading cards. Although this project will take some time, I believe finding more ways to make the work affordable and accessible to those who love it, is worth it. The more it is shared, the more it can grow.

Shipping Info: All paintings will be sent via FedEx, and will require a signature unless you request otherwise. Please allow 7-10 days. If you need it earlier—please let me know.