Ceramic Artist’s Ocean Memory Exhibited at SJU Gallery
Friday, January 4, 2013
PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 4, 2013) – “Recollection 6” is a site-specific mixed-media installation of porcelain, sand and stones that offers a view of Korea-born ceramic artist Sukjin Choi’s graceful interpretation of the ocean. Currently exhibited at Saint Joseph’s University Gallery, the installation will be on display until Feb. 11. (The Gallery will be closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 21.)
“My work is concerned with memory and the tracing of time,” says Choi. In conception, “Recollection 6” is in itself ephemeral. The individual white, blue and rust-colored porcelain pieces created by Choi resemble bits of shells, fins, corals and other nautical life. Evoking the ocean, its tides and the ever-changing detritus of the seas, the work is arranged differently for each installation.
Choi notes that her work creates a voice that is “a delicate yet crucial blend between traditional [ceramic] surfacing methods and contemporary objects.”
“Through ‘Recollection’s’ composition, Choi frees herself from the binding paths of traditional Korean ceramics while referencing her history with subtle surface techniques,” says Associate Gallery Director Jeanne Bracy. “In an intense 40-hour session, she personally installed over 200 ceramic pieces ranging in size from two inches to two feet in length. Choi bound her soul to this composition by deftly sifting through the fired porcelain selecting each piece for size, shape, color and its unique spot on the gallery wall.”
Bracy adds that more than 130 linear feet are covered with precisely placed fragments to create an immense aquatic whirlpool. “You cannot help but to be swept into the currents created on the walls,” she notes. “The varied lights and shadows intensify the illusion of the sea. Choi invites viewers to gently touch the pieces and walk on the stones to fully experience the oceanic installation.”
Widely traveled, Choi has exhibited internationally and has taught ceramics as a visiting artist in China, Korea, Japan and the United States. She received M.F.A. degrees in ceramics from both the Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea, and Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. A regular contributor to Korea's Monthly Ceramic Art, she is also frequently published in The Korea Times. Choi is currently an assistant professor of art at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
Saint Joseph’s University Gallery is located in Merion Hall on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus at 376 Latches Lane in Lower Merion, Pa. A campus map may be viewed online. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 610-660-1840 or visit the gallery website at www.sju.edu/gallery.