w h e r e v e r y o u a r e , b e a l l t h e r e
ceramic, sand, parking lot
120cm x 75cm x 90cm (ceramic)
Exploring the idea of temporary home, House marks my first outdoor ceramic work in Vienna, where my temporary home was during the one-year exchange. House, a living space, can also be considered as a metaphor for a body, where a soul lives.
Parking lot, a temporary space was picked as the specific site for this work. I would like to build a large ceramic form in the shape of a house purely with the coiling technique. Near the end of the making, part of the form collapsed. The accident alters the initial closed form into an open form. This process inspired me to further develop the idea and embrace the accident as part of the work. I continue to build on the collapsed form to complete the work. The form of the house is distorted and became more ambiguous; the half-opened form suggests a shell-like creature. The sandy and rough clay give it a contradicting feeling–tough yet fragile. The ‘house’ is being placed in the parking lot and filled with earth enclosing the form completely. Through time, the earth is being slowly carried away by wind and rain and left an empty ‘house’.