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.
Focusing on ways to relieve basic human desires, Junik Jo enjoys shaping symbols to express the exquisite moments of conveying emotions and tools to enable instinctive communication. As a member of the design studio Craft Combine, he is presenting product designs that are close to contemporary lifestyles by giving attention to the various characteristics of materials, and operates the glass object brand clear b.
- Seoul, South Korea
Maintaining is also a way of growing.
The stem and leaves act as mediators to balance the components of a plant. The work contains the concepts of mediation and balance and creates a straight character (1). This work shows that the way individual units form a single shape by filling in the void is also another way to grow, even if growth is not clearly visible.