Records about life have been handed down in various ways. Later generations analyze the clues of records within the framework of the times, imagine the past, and add interpretations to recreate another form of life. The act of recording may be a basic instinct with a mixture of human duties and desires revealed within the cycle of creation and extinction. In “Land of symbols,” five craftspeople create hieroglyphs that resemble plants. By capturing the meaning of circulation & connection, foundation & support, balance & mediation, harmony & blooming, and inclusion & fruition, they produce characters that reveal the unique properties of materials (soil, metal, glass, fiber, paper) through their repetitive manual labor. The hand-made characters will gain new life through the next-generation’s decoding, and will deliver the meaning of regeneration and recovery.
Sunju Oh studied ceramics at Seoul National University, and works on capturing the charm of the main material—clay—in the middle of white porcelain and stoneware in a refined form. She works with great interest in the surface texture of clay that appears after polishing. She feels beautiful when light is absorbed and reflected on the surface of objects, similar to that of pebbles and eggs. She enjoys molding with clay on the spinning wheel, and discovers shapes, colors, and textures in it to create various works such as tableware and other assorted objects.
- Seoul, South Korea
The beginning and the end are connected after all.
In the plant cycle, a seed is at the beginning and end. This work extracts the message of “circulation” and “connection” from the seeds and creates hieroglyphs in the form of a circle (0). The message of circulation and connection is also reflected in the physical properties of the materials constituting characters. It reminds the truth 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.