All About Mary

15 cm x 15 cm x 40 cm, 2007 The artist wanted to show us the oriental image, and she gave a round face form of Our Lady. The garments of the Madonna and of the Child Jesus are united with the color white. White is a traditional favorite color of the Korean people. In fact, Korean people have been called “the white-clad folk.” They wear white “Han-bok” (traditional Korean garment), “Bo-sun” (traditional Korean socks), and “Go-mu-shin” (traditional Korean shoes) in traditional ceremonies and commemorations. The Madonna has a loving expression. She and her Child Jesus are looking out at the world. The artist emphasizes a close relationship between the Mother and Child Jesus. She wanted to express that Our Lady is more beautiful and honorable than all others and thus reflected in the very pale, white skin color.

15 cm x 15 cm x 40 cm, 2007 The artist wanted to show us the oriental image, and she gave a round face form of Our Lady. The garments of the Madonna and of the Child Jesus are united with the color white. White is a traditional favorite color of the Korean people. In fact, Korean people have been called “the white-clad folk.” They wear white “Han-bok” (traditional Korean garment), “Bo-sun” (traditional Korean socks), and “Go-mu-shin” (traditional Korean shoes) in traditional ceremonies and commemorations. The Madonna has a loving expression. She and her Child Jesus are looking out at the world. The artist emphasizes a close relationship between the Mother and Child Jesus. She wanted to express that Our Lady is more beautiful and honorable than all others and thus reflected in the very pale, white skin color.

About the Artist: Jeong-ok, In (Clara)

At present Ms. Clara In is a teacher of Dakjongie dolls at the Hwa-jung-dong parish church in Ui-jung-bu Diocese and teacher of Dakjongie doll research class at Dae-chi-dong parish church of Seoul. She is a member of Yo-ul Hue.

Her past accomplishments include:
- Prize winner at Public Exhibition of Korean paper (2004-2006).
- Display of the prize winning work at the Won-ju Chi-ak Art Festival (2004-2006).
- Six exhibitions of Yo-ul Hue (2001-2006): Kyong-in Art Gallery, In-sa Art Center, ‘Iye-surae-Jun-dang’ (Palace of Art).
- Her works were shown in Canada, Japan, Germany, and the USA.
- Operated ‘In’s Workshop’ (School of Dakjongie Dolls).


Why are the Korean people called “Bae-ghi Min-jok” (the White-clad folk)?

Color has different meaning depending on geography and culture. In ancient China the people wore white clothes in times of food scarcity, flood, drought and mourning. The color white symbolized ominous circumstances. The color blue held the same meaning for the Japanese and, for Westerners, it was black.

The Korean people, on the other hand, wore a white robe not only as funeral garments, but also as ordinary dress. The difference is a cultural characteristic which, to an extent, reflects traditional beliefs surrounding God. To the ancient Korean, the color white represented divine presence and therefore they attributed divine characteristics to this color. That is why they preferred to wear white robes. It was an outward expression of their respect for God. To this day, this tradition continues in various Korean ceremonies.

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