The record of life is inscribed and passed on to the next generation in various forms. The posterity imagines the past by analyzing evidence found in records collate with the standards of their time and adds new life to the record. The act of recording may be the inherited nature of human beings which rises from the obligation and desire for continuous life. “Land of Symbols” presents hieroglyphs on life made by five artists in crafts. The letters resemble the parts of a plant while embracing the meanings of life; “Circulation and Connection,” “Foundation and Support,” “Balance and Mediation,” “Solidarity and Blooming,” and “Connotation and Fruition.” The repetitive movements of artist hands reveal unique characteristics of materials (soil, metal, glass, fiber, paper) in the letters. As viewers decode the five hieroglyphs, the letters will obtain the new life and deliver the message of the present.
Sunju Oh studied ceramics at Seoul National University. Her work focuses on capturing the essence of white porcelain and stoneware while experimenting surface texture of the clay. Oh enjoys molding with clay on the spinning wheel, and discovering shapes, colors, and textures.
00: The Beginning and the End Are Connected
In the plant cycle, a seed is at the beginning and end. This work extracts the message of “circulation” and “connec- tion” from the seeds and creates hieroglyphs in the form of a circle. The message of circulation and connection is also reflected in the physical properties of the materials. It reminds that the beginning and end are connected as the physical force applied during the production process, such as kneading and shaping clay, is revealed intact on the surface of the completed work.
- Mixed Clay
- each unit diameter 45 mm