Inspired by the way Korean pop idols are trained and packaged into an “ideal image,” sculpted by companies- and how high of a standard they are held to by the public and their own fans. Many common idol-concepts involves otherworldly themes, such as the idols having supernatural abilities of even being from another planet- this helps create a skewed sense of reality between the idols and the fans that worship them.
By using traditional stained glass techniques and the viewers’ preconceived notions about the religious history of the medium, I create idealized portraits of Korean pop idols, as seen through the eyes of their fans. Where many idols are held on such high pedestals that they are being worshiped as holy figures and stripped of their humanity. Thus creating a new Hallyu Wave of modern iconography.