Korean Catholic artists pay tribute to St Andrew Kim

Young Catholic artists in South Korea showcased their work during an exhibition to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of St Andrew Kim Tae-gon, the first Korean Catholic priest who was martyred for his faith in the 19th century.

Jan 14, 2022

Young artist Maria Seo Hyo-eun created a boat from cotton cloth to feature in an exhibition sponsored by the Catholic Young Artists' Association in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Catholic Times of Korea)


SEOUL:
Young Catholic artists in South Korea showcased their work during an exhibition to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of St Andrew Kim Tae-gon, the first Korean Catholic priest who was martyred for his faith in the 19th century.

The Catholic Young Artists’ Association organised the exhibition, where 24 artists presented 40 artworks based on 21 famous letters written by the revered saint.

The paintings, stained glass and sculptures were displayed at a gallery in Myeongdong Cathedral in the capital, Seoul, from December 29 to January 3.

Elizabeth Kim Ji-hye, the head of the association, noted that young Catholic artists like her consider St Andrew Kim “a bright light for the Church and society.”

The saint had great reverence for the Virgin Mary, so Elizabeth presented a picture of the mother of Jesus in glasswork.

The artist noted that the theme of her artwork was based on the saint’s sixth letter where he wrote, “Whoever relied on God’s mercy and rushed to the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary from ancient times, went to the city gate, confident that no one would be abandoned.”

Artist Maria Seo Hyo-eun made a boat from cotton cloth based on the saint’s third letter where he mentioned a ship.

“The ship binds his feet and drives him forward to such an extent that it appears to be an important symbol that separates his path. The ship was his hope and the conduit for life as a priest. I answered him by floating a boat in the daily life I live,” she explained.

St Andrew Kim, who was martyred at the age of 25, wrote 21 letters that describe the journey of his life from a student in a seminary in Macau to his martyrdom.

The artists selected verses of the letters they found close to their hearts and expressed them in their work.

Fr George Kim Ji-hyun, organiser of the exhibition, praised the young artists for their homage to the great saint through their art.

“Young artists created many works of art contemplating the pain of martyrdom that Fr Kim Tae-gon must have felt. It must have been a gift to them,” the priest said. -- ucanews.com

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