|Title||you are with me|
|Artist / Creator||Jihae Kwon|
|Place of Publication||Alexandria, Virginia|
|Contributors||Jiyon Kwon as a translator|
|Process / Technique||Lithograph, pronto plate, and letterpress printing processes|
|Structure / Binding||Modified drum leaf binding|
|Medium / Materials||Leather and book cloth|
|Paper Stock||Rives BFK heavy weight|
|Number of Pages||17 spreads plus cover|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||9.75 x 14 x 1.125 inches closed. Extends out to 306 inches.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 10|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed and numbered edition|
Extreme choices produce dire consequences that can subsequently influence future generations and, on a larger scale, an entire nation. In South Korea between 1945 and 1953, many radical choices and extreme measures were used to stabilize the political situation. A system called the National Guidance League was formed by the first president, Syngman Rhee, to track and surveil all opponents to the government. Estimates as high as 300,000 people were falsely accused, imprisoned, and executed. It resulted in killing many innocent people including two of my grand uncles. The purpose of my book through expressive and forceful lithographic images is to document the past so that the deaths of not only my relatives, but also the hundreds of thousands of others will be meaningful to their descendants. —BEST OF SHOW AWARD!
Artist BioBorn and raised in South Korea, Jihae Kwon started drawing and painting at six. She received her BFA in illustration from the University of Utah in 1999 and completed her second emphasis in graphic design in 2003. She was recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts 100 Show for her design and illustration in 2003, 2007, and 2008. She was a graphic designer for eleven years before starting her graduate studies and is a 2014 Corcoran College of Art+Design MA Art and the Book graduate. Her book art work was selected for Hello Heidi Juried 2015 Exhibition, WoCA Projects' Annual Juried Artists' Books 2014 Exhibition, Less Is More Juried 2014 Exhibition, the Charting Courses / Corcoran Student Juried 2013 Exhibition, and the 918 Letterpress Ephemera Show in 2013. Her collaborative work has been exhibited at Corcoran Study Away Studio, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and is a part of permanent collections of the Geroge Mason University, George Washington University, Otis College of Art and Design, UCLA Biomedical Library, Yale University, and Samford University.