Korean artist Yee SooKyung simultaneously honors and defies the drive for perfection with her massive ceramic sculptures that are crafted from rejected porcelain pieces made by contemporary Korean pottery master Lim Hang-Taek, who is the epitome of artistic perfectionism.
Once a piece of art is released to the world, it becomes synonymous with its creator, and an indicator of his or her artistic integrity and craftsmanship. Therefore, it’s easy to understand why the perfectionist attitude is so difficult for some creative people to shake.
“I took ceramic trash from a ceramic master who reproduces old Korean ceramics such as Joseon Baekja or Celadon.
After baking in a kiln by using the old method, ceramic masters break almost 70 percent of the porcelains that don’t reach up to their standards of masterpieces.
I put the broken bits and pieces of ceramic trash together one by one as if I’m putting together a jigsaw puzzle. And I cover the seams with 24 karat gold leaf. The result was uncanny and bumpy objects. Each broken piece operates as a self forming into an infinite proliferation toward as unexpected fabrication–fictitious loquacity and stuttering discards from standard conventional masterpieces.”
Kyung employs a technique similar to Japanese kintsugi, in which cracks are mended with gold-lacquer resin and effectively made into decorative elements in their own right. She uses epoxy and gold leaf to the same effect, emphasizing cracks and imperfections to lend embellishment to her already voluptuous sculptures.
We love the “messy look” of the final result of this ceramic sculptures.