Taking Roots II: Haejung Lee / New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan

Taking Roots Haejung Lee Solo Exhibition at Ceramics Park Gallery, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum

Taking Roots II: Haejung Lee / Ceramics Park Gallery, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
February 24 - April 8, 2012

"Everyone, even animals and plants, accustoms to new environments and new circumstances as time goes by. In order to understand and get used to a new environment, one only needs time. My previous work was about figuring out my identity, understanding different cultures and establishing myself in new environments (the transition from Korea to America). I am now in a constant process of adjusting new situations as a female artist, a wife and further more - as a mom. I want to present my Korean cultural background through new objects that illustrate the natural and architectural landscape." Hae-Jung Lee

Korean born Haejung Lee received her first Master of Fine Art concentrating on ceramics at Kyung Hee University in South Korea in 2002 and a second master’s degree in ceramics at Louisiana State University in 2008. She has been an Artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre in Canada and at Guldagergård-International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark in 2003 and 2004. She presents her work internationally and has been awarded several remarkable prizes such as best of show, award of distinction, silver prize as well as others in both Korea and USA. In summer 2009 she participated in the 5th World Ceramic Biannual Show Korea (CEBIKO) and directed the exhibition “Affinity” which also included many American ceramic artists.

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What does clay mean to me? I believe clay is a complete material in itself. Clay has many shapes and forms in it and for centuries man has unveiled these forms according to his need and imagination. It is a very soft medium of expression and it is up to the artist who takes it somewhere,where his or her art completes.
One can say that I repeat my forms - its true and not so true, because when you look at each form, they are different from each other - like leaves of a tree or the curly hairs of Buddha. 
The beauty of this repetition in India has a long past and journey, from Indians’ kitchen, weaving, textile printing, and terracotta roof tiles to the chantings of Mantras. Since childhood, I was surrounded by many visual images and got attracted to them: this visual experience takes its shape and makes its own visual vocabulary in my work. I am trained as a painter and I also believe there is a lot to be done in the two dimensional aspect of ceramic art. I love to cover a huge space through my tiny forms - a very interesting line which has a lot of spiritualism in it.
My works are tiny drops of water in the ocean of ceramic art.

New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum
200, Wenhua Rd, Yingge Dist, New Taipei City 239, Taiwan