The relationship between nature and humans, especially the Buddhist view of the world ‘samsara’ which means journeying-cycles of birth, death and rebirth is the main concept behind this work. My body is a connecter between my-self and the world and is an extended part of nature. It is a pity that we see such man made destructions of the eco-system more and more these days, even though we know very well that the destruction of nature means the destruction of ourselves.
The paradox of samsara has contradicting sides: the loss of old and the gain of new, the ruins of destruction and the beauty of creation, the pessimistic end and the optimistic beginning as one body. It is expressed as one unit in this project.
In my technical process, by utilising direct slip dipping with debris from nature, body castings and gestural slip throwing, I experiment with my intuitive senses other than vision and the cellular memory of my hands.
Mee-Sun Kim Park’s ceramic sculptures deal directly with the loss experienced in moving to a new country, culture and language. Mee-Sun Kim Park received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Sung-Shin University in Seoul, South Korea and a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, where she is now a candidate for a Masters in Fine Arts.
Southern ice porcelain, porcelain slip, red stain, gold luster
30 x 40 x 25 cm
Highly Commended; Finalist
Judges of the 2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Lisa Havilah (Director of Carriageworks), Justin Miller (International Art Advisor and former Chairman of Sotheby's Australia) and Gretel Packer (Arts Patron and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW).
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