In Korea it’s traditional to keep your newborn baby inside for 21 days. Only close family members are allowed to come see the baby. This practice is believed to keep the possible disease and germs of the outside world away from the babies developing immune system. After 21 days your baby is free to go outside and you have a party where friends and family come over.
I painted this right after I had my baby girl. Everything was beautiful, she was healthy and I loved her so much, but I was scared. Here’s my fragile, little, and vulnerable baby girl that I’m now totally responsible for. I was so worried and scared something could happen to her.
This work depicts the feelings I had on the 22nd day of her life, when I took her outside for the first time. The world can be a dark scary place and I had to protect her from those dangers, I just wasn’t sure I could.