Translated Vase: Surreal Reimaginings Of Porcelain And Gold

In Japan, there exists an art form called ‘kintsugi’. Meaning “to repair with gold,” it highlights breakage and repair as part of the history of an object. It is almost like it’s being celebrated rather than disguised. Alternatively in Korea, there is an artisan tradition of destroying porcelain works that are not considered pristine.

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This is where the inventive and monstrous porcelain sculptures of Yeesookyung come in. She has been making these fused pieces since 2001, and uses shards and fragments salvaged from pieces rejected by her contemporaries. Using gold leaf, she traces each crack and crevice and builds an entirely new porcelain sculpture.

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Each piece is a ceramic Frankenstein’s monster; a wholly unnatural being given life out of assembled parts, yet not without a certain beauty. There is charm and beauty to be found in these masterful creations, and they have been displayed around the world from Tokyo to Philadelphia. If you have the opportunity, be sure to see them in person.

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