Do art and international law have something in common? Most of us may say “no,” but at least one person says “yes.” Han Yeong-ku (’64, Political Science and Diplomacy), a scholar of international law who now paints pictures said, “The pursuit of peace is a similar thing between international law and art.” “International law seeks peaceful relationships between countries by its rules and principles, and artists try to convey peace through their paintings by the tips of the brush. People who appreciate the art would feel peaceful as well,” she added.
After studying for her master's degree and doctorate from the
Han became an artist after leaving IFAN because of her passion for art. "I have always wanted to learn painting since I was young and I visited many art galleries whenever I had time,” she said. She started to learn to draw from scratch in 2002. “Lots of people around me discouraged me because of my age, but I thought it was never too late to learn how to draw,” she added.
The fruits of her efforts were seen in her solo exhibition in
Han, who became happy by achieving a dream she has had since her youth, tells an important lesson to Ewha students. “Blow the stereotypes out of your minds. That is what I wish to advise the Ewha students who are struggling with finding their dreams. Stereotypes can be major barriers to a person’s path in life as we tend to limit our possibilities when being dominated by them. After learning how to paint, I regretted that I had not start it much earlier. People, especially those in their 20s, should be ambitious and dream freely without boundaries. If students do so, they will be able to find their dreams in the most unexpected ways,” she said.
Han plans to continue studying painting after this exhibition. “Painting is one of the things that can be enjoyed even at an old age. I am going to study more and try a different kind of art,” she said.
By Kim A-hyun