Puliphana’s Page

A Single Blade of Grass

Words by Puliphana
Animations by Pete Foley

Animated gif of blades of grass and flowers swaying in the breeze with mountains and sky in the background

All kinds of plants like grass, reed, wild flowers and silver grass keep growing. They seem to be breathing.

Animated gif of a cartoon face popping up alongside a flower with the sun in the background

They grow in spring, summer, fall and winter. When spring comes again, they revive. I want people to know that I’m a strong person like these plants with such great vitality.

Animated gif of a cartoon man flying in the sky over trees

Flying in the sky, I see the beauties of nature. I see a thick forest. I see straight and high pine trees with singing birds.

Animated gif of a cartoon tree swaying in the breeze alongside a lack with green mountains and yellow fields in the backgrounds

On the green field, I hear a distant sound of mooing cows. Gradually looking closer, I see a farmer in a Korean-style white shirt and pants. He is plowing the fields. Beside him, I see nice and straight furrows. Beyond the small branches nearby, I see a mountain. Along the mountain, the lazy Bukhan River is flowing.

Animated gif of a cartoon lake glistening, with boardwalk in the foreground and mountains and sun in the background

Suddenly, I hear the song “Dream.” The sunshine comes through the cloud to reach the ground. The beautiful sight of nature passes me by. I feel the heartfelt song filled with eagerness. The silver waters of the Bukhan River are moving under the sun. After the farmer plows and sows, the ripe crop makes the fields yellow.

Animated gif of a cartoon butterfly flying with plants in the forground and a lake and mountains the background

The yellow fields are dancing like waves. Fully ripe ears of rice seem to be bowing down, dancing and saying hello. Above them, a yellow swallowtail is dancing while staying and flying repeatedly.

Animated gif of a cartoon butterfly landing on a tree branch with red fruit with a river and mountains in the background

Yoonseon Lee’s face and the butterfly overlap. Once you go there, you can’t come back. It is so sad to lose you. Butterfly, please boast of your beauty as much as you can. Over there in the sky, I hear Yunsun Lee laughing out loud.

Animated gif of a cartoon man looking towards distant mountains and sun

Standing on the fields, I look up to the sky. I smell the earth of the fertile land. The sunshine adds a gold tone to the yellow fields. I see the ripe ears of rice. When could I see the face again? Having become a butterfly, Yoonseon flies away, laughing. On the rich fields, I put my hand on my forehead to keep the sunshine from hiding the sight of the butterfly flying away.

Animated gif of a cartoon man with hands in the air against a blue sky

The butterfly doesn’t look back and keeps flying to the heavenly park where flowers are in full blossom. Seeing that, I also laugh out loud. The land is also laughing. Looking far away, I wave my both hands.

My Self Portrait

Puliphana's face attached to computer parts and the body of an eagle, flying high above a river in the countryside

My Portrait Concept

I want to be a courageous eagle and fly in the blue sky freely.

My head has a computer so I can do any job including calculation. My body has keyboard keys and an eagle’s strong wings. I spread my wings and fly in the sky.

Artist Statement

I want the world to know that I fall down and get up over and over again like a roly-poly toy and that I live diligently.

Going through sadness, hardship and pain, I have fallen down and risen over and over again. Such experiences have become shouts of joy which completed my own work of art. While I’m alive, my own grass leaf serves as an artist.

I want to hear about other disabled people’s experiences.

I want to make great art.

I believe that art should make people feel (the result of expressing myself).

I want to create because I want to live diligently in this society.

Because I want to do everything I want to do and experience as a human in this world.

I want to engage in artistic activities in order to free my soul.

Puliphana

We’re Happier Together

Puliphana with a trophey

I received a prize in a boccia competition.

Puliphana lying face up on the glass floor of a deck over the water

Opening day of the Chuncheon Skywalk.

Puliphana and others sitting at a table of food in front of a banner with Korean text

On my birthday, I’m even happier because we are here together.

Puliphana riding a horse

I want to run through the meadow on a horse’s back.

Puliphana hugging a child under a FREE HUG sign held by a woman

I’ll give you a warm hug.

Puliphana and a friend outside in the snow

White snow is gently falling from the sky.