This work features various animals: a giraffe, a dog, a turtle, a monkey, a crab, fish, a duck and an octopus. “NJP” is written under the tiger-like animal, implying that the animal is Nam June Paik himself. The elongated tiger’s tail is rolled up in spirals here and there, which recalls Paik’s mentioning a Korean proverb that says, “Seeing a tiger’s tail is more frightening than seeing the tiger itself.” Animals such as fish, tigers, and turtles are motifs often used in Paik’s video installations.
Nam June Paik
oil stick on paper