The Hachiya persimmon, a fruit highly regarded and enjoyed in both Korea and Japan, yet can hardly escape the history of these two countries. This performance explores the dichotomy between mutual enjoyment/freewill and complete destruction/possession inspired by/recalling the horrific histories of the comfort women of Korea. There are different and similar ways the Japanese and Koreans hang the persimmons to dry. Hoshigaki is a Japanese process where they are hung and massaged daily. This is a question I wonder about...how a country who shares the love of a fruit with another country could commit such crimes?
Sculpture is 17" H x 8" W
braid is 28" long.
Contains 3 Japanese Hoshigaki dried persimmons, stems of 3 Korean (Gotgam) dried persimmons, all 6 gold leafed, plastic beads, thread, wire, fabric, and rope.