"CARYATID-85" (1985) is a rare 80s wooden sculpture by UM Tai-jung, the pioneer of Korean abstract sculpture renowned for his metal sculptures, formed from the stacking of lines and planes in a perpendicular manner.
Since the beginning of his career UM Tai-Jung has has devoted himself to sculpture through the exploration of materials and resources. The artist's fascination with the materiality of steel as an undergraduate at Seoul National University in the early 1960s has continued throughout his career. In 1967, one of his major steel sculptures "A Scream" won the Prime Minister's Prize in the "16th National Art Exhibition", and in the seventies, he presented copper sculptures that revealed a remarkable contrast between the material's internal and external sides in terms of color and texture. Between the 1980 and 90s, UM often referenced Eastern philosophy in his abstract copper sculptures with prominent vertical structures, reflected the shapes of Korean traditional wood furniture and pillars in the 90s.