When we were little, everything looked giant and scary at the same time. Come to think of it, we used to get scared so easily, even of the dark side of the kitchen, imagining a monster hidden in shadow.
This pure fear appears in a form of a dream, called ‘nightmare’. I tried to capture that moment with a series of illustrations. It is composed of 3 different nightmares of my childhood, and of the others too.
When I was young (about 5-7 years old), I suffered from terrible atopy. Even though I recovered from it a long time ago, I can still remember the pain vividly. This is a dream about the atopy that I had when the pain was most severe.
In Korean folk tales, we can find the ‘virgin ghost’, the spirit of an unmarried woman. It often appears with long straight hair and a white hanbok. I remember that I couldn’t sleep because I was afraid of the virgin ghost coming from the dark side of my room.
It is a story that I heard from one of my friends. He was 6 years old at that time. He fell asleep and had a dream about an owl.