Swimming betwixt space and time, an o’orm finds itself on Earth. The o’orm discovered that it had an attraction towards humans with creative energy and the work they made. It attempts to get close to these humans, but it is shunned for its alien form. Again, and again the o’orm attempts find connection, and every time it is pushed away. “So strange!” they say, “We’ve no need of you!” Appalled at the harsh treatment it receives, the o’orm drifted into the wilderness to escape the judgement of others.
A cruel spirit of industry had been watching the o’orm from the shadows. The spirit desired the o’orm for its form, it saw the o’orm as game to be hunted. It cackled to itself, scheming of ways to display such a fine trophy. The spirit followed the o’orm on its journey, slipping from shadow to shadow, eyeing the o’orm with insatiable greed.
The o’orm had prepped itself to leave; it had had enough of the spiteful nature of humans and would seek out new realms to explore. Just as the o’orm was to slip into the space between, the cruel spirit summoned spears of cold iron that impaled the vibrant being, enslaving the o’orm to the earth. The spirit howled in victory, “A perfect specimen for my collection! I shall be the envy of all hunters!” The o’orm shook and cried for help, yet it could not escape the iron that violated its being. Now, its fate met, its shackles bound, its captor content, the o’orm ponders its escape, and dreams of far-off worlds that it cannot find.
This piece is inspired by mythologies, fables, and stories I’ve read. The construction of the sculpture and its story are a part of my current interest in creating work that continues a narrative. This sculpture’s form is inspired by the Korean imugi and Japanese kami. The narrative and sculpture I create are reflective of my experience, just as other mythologies are reflective of their culture and authors.