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So Much SnowPark Hyun-min
『So Much Snow』Author : Park Hyun-min
Publisher : Dalgeurim
Publication date : November 27, 2020
Number of pages : 46
Format : 240x240mm
ISBN : 9791197092398
The Margins of the Pages Pile Up Like Snow
From beginning to end, the pages of this book seem spread out in white space, apparently entirely blank. However, by imagining snow in place of the white space, you may find yourself facing “so much snow” from page to page. With such imagination, new images that go beyond the confinement of the book could be made possible.In print, there is no white ink. Therefore, in this book, the white blank space becomes the snow or the snowman. The size of the snowman is whatever the reader imagines it to be. It could be just one’s height or as high as a tree. Perhaps it’s gigantic — so huge that it reaches the sky.The author, with minimum background illustration, allows the reader to appreciate the perspective and scale within the pages. Aside from the white that forms the background, only two colors, which are blue and yellow, are used to depict the main character and the movements. Through this illustrated book, which portrays the snow-covered world as a huge blank space, the author grants the readers the joy of filling the pages with one’s own imagination.
The author is a researcher of space and scale. How can scale be expressed freely within limited pages of a book? Wouldn’t it be possible if each reader could use their imagination to fill in the world that expands beyond the pages? With these questions in mind, the author focused on the possibility of expansion of the white pages.This is because blank white space can become anything with one’s imagination. In order to maximize the power of the blank space, this book uses minimum text. Text only appears in the introductory part of the book, then the rest is told through illustrations only. The strength and charm of this book is that a book of illustrations can be understood just fine without text.
By Kim Ji-eun
Professor, School of Creative Writing, Seoul Institute of the Arts