Min Jeong Seo: To Live On
Existential questions concerning the offset of death and the continuation of life abound in this installation by Korean artist Min Jeong Seo. Composed of the dried stalks of roses and medical infusion bags, Seo’s rose blooms are kept alive with the aid of the bags. As Seo states, the installation comments on the “progress of medicine and the prolongation of human life.”
However, with the aid of the infusion bags, the life sustained by the rose blooms here is essentially artificial and codependent. If Seo were to remove the bags the blooms would shrivel up the same way their stems have. This begs the question, in all our attempts to prolong our lives, has contemporary medicine succeeded in also increasing quality of life?
Suspended in time, the blooms invite us to observe conservation at work as the installation persuades us to confront our fears concerning sickness and death and our constant pursuit of youth.
For more information on this installation, and other beautiful works by Min Jeong Seo, please visit her website here.
- Victoria Nolte