#011 - Raymond Lemstra
3 colour, hand pulled, screen print.
Signed and numbered by the artist.
50 x 70 cm, frame not included.
A little word from Raymond
"I have traveled to Asia before and every time I am aware of how much I depend on the English language. Every now and then the language barrier gives you a sense of helplessness and it is a big reminder of being completely out of your comfort zone. The massive economic boom in the past decades changed Seoul over night. You can see it in aspects of the pop culture for example, it's like Seoul is peaking in it's puberty right now. Wearing the right brands is extremely important and good looks are important for success. In a weird way it reminded me of high school. At the same time, what absolutely made the biggest impression on me was the warmth and kindness of the people I met. They were all so welcoming and giving, a truly special feeling.
I've always been fascinated by North Korea, so I was intrigued to visit the Unification Observatory on the border between North and South Korea. Glancing into North Korea from a little distance and talking to a person who escaped from Pyongyang was surrealistic. In Seoul I walked around a lot, soaking up all and everything that stimulated me visually. I was surprised how easy, with guidance, it was to get around and how pleasant it felt walking around. Seoul is a very interesting city, there is constant construction and a huge amount of mega bridges and buildings which make you feel this city is way bigger than you can grasp, but at the same time it makes it hard to feel human in such a big impersonal space. Once back home, I sat down and just started drawing. I trusted that all the impressions would influence me without me trying to force it."