Munji Shinhe

The Journey of Dust

Munji Shinhe

The Journey of Dust

Munji Shinhe

She traveled for 14 months without money, wrote a hand-drawing traveling essay book called ‘Journey of Dust,’ and then decided to work seriously in the field of painting. When she graduated from university, she had this feeling that everything she did was like dust, so like the dust, she traveled with the wind, to Japan, India, Nepal, Thailand, and China, all without money. Many people told her “Shinhe, it’s impossible to travel without money” but her thought was that, if she believed in someone’s good will at heart, that she would get back kindness and goodness from them. On the other hand, if she doubted, or feared for my safety, she would get back such a feeling from the world. In the end, the love and positive feeling within her are like a mirror.

Munji Shinhe

She hopes people who see her drawings can be at rest, not in a physical sense, but one of mental relaxation. Without any standard or judgement, there is a feeling, a state of being comfortable; "I’d like to share that feeling. I try be in this state myself, then express these kinds of feelings, then people can understand what I felt in creating the drawings. I was given an interesting idea through the experience of drawing… as people, we want to get some new feelings from traveling, feelings like freedom, like joyfulness, etc… and people want to discover new things, too. But in drawing, I realized that I can connect with the same feelings which I would otherwise only get from traveling. So instead of traveling, I feel this through the act of drawing. So I feel okay not to go to travel anymore. Traveling was a flow, and I think it was very necessary progression. Now I think I want to travel in a completely different way. I’ll bring my drawings, talk about them with people. I feel these drawings are the way of communication, and also good friends of mine. In the future, I would like to communicate about my drawings with many people, and I hope to explore collaborations for animation, stage design, and music video." Source: SocieCity.org: The Journey of Dust (먼지의 여행) http://sociecity.org/?p=5954

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