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Seen Unseen

‘Belmore ITCH’ has provided an informal creative residency for non-ceramic artists to challenge and expand their art practice with ceramics. I loved the idea of this residency as I have wanted to experiment and interpret the photographic medium in ceramics as a photo-media artist.

I had been looking through image files in my digital storage and also photo negative/positive films and prints. The whole stack of images came out to the light and I was reading this visual diary which had been forgotten for a long time in my memory.

I took photographs of my family, friends, passer-bys and myself at a specific moment and place to record as a visual memory. I took photographs of sceneries to record the feeling, interacting with them. They are the proofs of ‘existence’ through time and space. In my vague memory relying on those vivid images on films and prints, I started to ask myself ‘Is this the one I saw really?’ Those people and places were seen in the past, are now invisible in the present. Now, I even try to trace my feeling of that moment.

To visualise this concept, I created bowls (dishes) as a container, eye and camera lens which could contain layers of images as the layers of memories. Through the residency, also I learnt the natural character of clay. The softness of the clay made it possible to imprint objects from my journeys and belongs to trace the memory. And it worked well with another natural medium, water, to connect the layers of images. During the process, even though it was quite obvious that images on paper or gelatin sheet would be burnt in kilns, I wanted to see the feeble evidence of existence like ashes. The final process, the floating images on the water of the bowl connects present time by reflecting myself on the water.

From sorting photograph images to making clay bowls, it was my own meditation and tracing memories. And this was the creative process which I really needed not long after finishing my cancer treatment.

This residency project ‘Seen Unseen’ has been led to be part of the ongoing project ‘Passage to Pusan’ which will be exhibited in Korean Cultural Centre, Sydney in June.

Testing
Testing
SeenUnseen
Seen Unseen
Front and Back of bowls
Front and Back of bowls

Perception

 This semi group/solo exhibition plan started a year ago as we needed to book the Balmain Watch House Gallery at that time. We had regular meetings since.

Exhibition title came: P(painting)erC(ceramics)eP(photography)tion.

Designed the e-invitation.

Art works list of three artists was made:

1. Madonna Munch Self

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31.  Three Things Together

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55.  Glow                                  

Wrote the Artist statement:  ‘Identity’ is my main theme in my photo media works……………………………………………….. ………………I believe in this medium as its own unique creative expression method not as replication or edition.

Last moment of finalising all assemblage of 30 works: It was hard to make nice frame look with low budget.

One and half days of installation for two and half day exhibition.

Opening night: People who care about my works came along and it cheered me up.

Saturday: The strong line of morning Sun ray was passing self-portraits and landed on the installation work ‘Cabinet of curiosities of identity’ in my exhibition cell room. Originally I wanted display these multi Gum bichromate photo prints in a real cabinet but I couldn’t figure out the proper way especially for this heritage building.

This exhibition gave me the good chance to show this work with the closest way of  the presentation which I wanted including 12 resins of ‘Astrology’, ‘Milk Maid’ on the white tray with resin coating, ‘The portrait of Dorian Gray’, and photopolymer printmaking ‘Cafe Florence’ series.

Sunday: Thought about being an artist and relationship with people around under the nice backyard garden light and finished the show with de-installation, wrapping and carrying back home.

http://www.balmainassociation.org.au/perception

My photomedia works installation view in one of cells at Balmain watch house gallery
My printmaking 'Cafe Florence' series along with Misim Song's paintings and Jinyoung Lee's ceramics.
Balmain Watch House Gallery entrance with my printmaking '3 Flowers'
Balmain Watch House Gallery with the exhibition 'PerCePtion' sign

'The Portrait of Dorian Gray' series in ceramic artist Jinyoung Lee's cell.