Yee Soo Kyung, Korea
The familiar ceramic designs and surfaces, as well as the fragility of the vessel forms and materials are deeply embedded into the Korean collective unconscious. They are also recognized internationally as a central part of Korean cultural identity. In the process of building new sculptures out of the fragments of traditional Korean pottery, the artist forces the curved fragments of ceramic together in ways that are both new but that also retain much of the aesthetic of the original work. Through this process, the work reflects a balance and a transition between both the traditional and contemporary forms that are symbolic of Korean culture.