The activities, fundamentally that requiring the creativity, always pursue something new. The old thus becomes what to be renewed, and it must be the destiny of the artists to create the new. But the old, though it is neither claimed to stand or is nor put in front, always tent to be reflected in artists’ works. I have read an exhibition catalogue of Kyusun Lee, Korean ceramicist and it is his 14th solo exhibition held in Seoul, Korea in 2007. In his pieces, I found that he not only future-oriented but also incorporated the past.
What the artist has shown in this exhibition are self-portraits. It is the portrait of the artist himself and all potters in the past, and moreover all the creators yesterday who brought us here. He also presented an image of a person who has spent his whole life with the clay and who will be doing the same tomorrow. He expects the portrait would be the face of those who once lived or are living or will be living. Particularly he wanted them to be the faces of the potters who look very much like the characters of clay.
The self-portrait named “the echo of the millennia” is much alike as a whole, rather than using a way of fine trimming, exaggerating the part of the body or giving a dynamic accent. Each figure has a very similar expression and appearance, even a roughness of their surface treated with similar kind. The figures may look as if it is a single work or a lump, like a Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin.
- Jihyun Woo