When considering the murky reservoir of human history, it is
difficult to separate legend from reality. Through my work, I examine
human myth in the modern age, specifically on characters that emerge
from our society’s underbelly; the less popular folk. Using their
“legends”, I feel compelled to tell stories that illustrate analogies in
life; blending together archetypes, shared experiences, and my own
personal mythology. Who we are in the world is a kaleidoscope of
interpretations, biased memories, and personal connections.
Ceramic sculpture and portraiture, in particular, are
forms of a visual narration that I use to satisfy my urge for
documenting what I see in human nature. Evocative of well-loved toys and
obsolete artifacts, I use the implied history of these objects to
encourage the viewer to disconnect from the present situation and
conjure their own individual narratives from my sculptures.
Working with concepts that are personal and sometimes
narcissistic perceptions of the gloomy side of life, dark humor is my
buffer. Dry or irreverent, it is humor that mystifies the tragic. – Thaddeus Erdahl
“My surly-looking bell figurines are inspired by the people I see around me – particularly on public transport and in my neighbourhood. Nostalgia and reminiscences play an integral part in my work, especially childhood memories of growing up in Malaysia and the people who made an impression on me. I’ve always adopted a stylised form of illustration and love bringing these characters to life with expressive line brushwork and a good dose of humour.”
Ceramics Program, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134
Presented by: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Sculptor Kyungmin Park
will demonstrate the construction of her figurative sculptures in
porcelain in this one-day workshop. Park will demonstrate how to achieve
crisp lines and clean, tight surfaces with simple tools. She will also
explore conceptual ideas and talk about the importance of facial
expression and symbology within her work. From Park, “A child’s untamed
imagination can create a new and exciting owrld out of a single object.
The combination of an uncorrupted point of view, a strong imagination,
overflowing curiosity, and the desire to push boundaries creates a very
special mindset particular to children. The adult world, by contrast,
restrains the formally infinite imagination by imposing responsibilities
and practical concerns. Society puts limits on the way we, as
individuals, can perceive things, and as an artist I an interested in
expanding these confines.”
The cost for this one-day workshop with Kyungmin Park: Free for Harvard Undergraduate students; $50 for Harvard Graduate
students; $75 for adults enrolled in a course; $125 for adults not
enrolled in a course. To register, download our registration form here or email Shawn Panepinto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Email Kathy King at email@example.com.
This workshop will feature a one-hour pot luck lunch break for those participating.
Kyungmin Park is
an Assistant Professor of 3D Studio Art at Endicott College in Beverly,
MA. Originally from South Korea, she earned her Master of Fine Arts
degree from the University of Georgia in 2012 and her Bachelor of Fine
Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in
2006. Kyungmin was a 2014-2016 long-term resident artist at the Archie
Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. She was also awarded a 2014-2015
Matsutani Fellowship, 2015-2016 Windgate Fellowship and 2014 Windgate
Summer scholarship by the Archie Bray Foundation. In 2016, Kyungmin
received an Emerging Artist Award from Ceramics Monthly magazine. In
2016, she was also honored to be recognized as an Emerging Artist by the
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference
in Kansas City, MO.
Her work has been featured in many national
and international exhibitions including the Aqua Art Miami Basel,
Galerie Aqui Siam Ben in Vallaruris, France, Morean Art Center,
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Museum of Arts and
Science in GA, The Clay Studio in PA, Arrowmont School of Arts and
Crafts, Eutectic Gallery, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Lillstreet Art Center,
Signature Gallery, Belger Crane Yard Gallery, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center,
Duane Reed Gallery and the Holter Museum of Art.
Registrations are open for the 2016/2017 Winter Cycle of THE
HEAD IN CLAY! There are 30 spaces available and the school will stay
open through February 28, 2017 or until enrollment is full.The course
will re-open in summer 2017.
In this course you will learn key techniques to develop and finish a
clay head suitable for firing. We will cover sourcing reference
materials, the best tools, hollow construction techniques and how to
develop and finish features for a strong composition.