Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Last assignment at the Illustration Academy was creating a travel poster. I chose a small Korean town known for its traditional mask performance. In the town of Hahoe (하회마을), you can see people actually living in well-preserved traditional architecture from Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), and enjoy outdoor mask dances put on every week for the visitors.
The name of the town (하회, or 河回 in Chinese characters), which means "winding river," refers to the village's geological trait of being almost encircled by Nakdong River. I wanted to connect (quite literally) this natural feature and the cultural heritage of Hahoe in my image.
I looked at Korean traditional landscape paintings for inspiration.
For more information about the Hahoe masks as well as other Korean traditional masks, visit Hahoe Mask Museum.