A center piece of the exhibition is Garden Marijuana, a site-specific installation consisting 303 Maria sculptures that illuminate green surface under moving black lights.
The sculptures are collectively presented like an outdoor green garden, emphasized by a picnic area in the center to signify the meditative effects of marijuana, often demonized as the “devil's lettuce” in Korean culture.
Amongst the hundreds, one of the larger Maria stands in front of a curved mirror with her hands fisted. The refracted visual of the Maria’s frontal seen in the mirror transforms the Maria from its reserved posture to open, suggesting a new meaning to the traditional biblical meaning.
Reflecting Jiyen’s past resistance from her religious oppression from family, the work is her metaphorical expression of a rebel agasint many unsolved taboos in Korea.
Despite the current social climate, the 1-day pop up was a big success, with over 350 people visiting (including celebrities such as Dumbfoundead, Samuel Seo, and peaceminusone collective members) and getting Instagram publicity from Dazed, Hypebeast, and Vogue.