On display July 3- July 17:
In the Garden- artwork by Jaeok Lee
Artist Reception Friday, July 3 from 5-7pm
Gardening is at the center of my life and work. All of my inspiration
comes from what gardening means to me. In addition to inspiration, it
also provides rest, renewal and healing.
A few years ago, I developed an illness that doctors could not
diagnose. While going through various tests, since I did not have
energy, I started working with very small amounts of clay. I would go
out to my garden for inspiration and and would start to pinch small
forms of seeds, pods, berries and flowers.
Over the course of one year, I made thousands of small pieces that
filled a Chinese medicine chest that I bought from an antique shop a
few years prior. I named the project "making my own medicine". The
simple act of pinching the forms has been a healing experience that
gave me enormous hope for recovery.
When I finished my medicine chest project, all the small forms became
my vocabulary to make larger pieces. In addition to housing the small
seeds and pods in the medicine chest, I also used cigar boxes, Korean
antique wooden trays and printers boxes. The small pieces that I made
came to represent the basic elements which sprouted into something
more such projects as Mandalas, "each seed a new life", and "life
Hand building comes very naturally to me: pinching, coiling and slab
building are my favorite hand building techniques. Some of my pieces
were fired to cone 10 reduction or soda kiln at Harvard clay studio
and some were fired to cone 6 electric at my home studio.
The drawings were made with one of mono print techniques called
reverse drawing with printing ink on rice paper or on cotton fabric.
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come in and pick up an application,
or print out an application from the link below
and return it to the library in person or by mail.