First International Contemporary Ceramic Art Symposium
From 10 July – 21 July 2015 I was honoured to be able to take part in the First International Contemporary Ceramic Art Symposium in Dehua, China. Art China and WanQi Art Museum/Centre invited 28 artists from 12 different countries to participate in this symposium. The international and Chinese artists inspired each other and worked with ceramics and showed their work at the Show ‘Returning and sail-setting’.
Show ‘Returning and sail-setting’
Opening July 2015, permanent show WanQi Art Museum, Dehua, China.
The ceramic work which I made for the show ‘Returning and sail-setting’ is called ‘Three people traveling’. The work is inspired by Confucius who is to have said, “When three people travel together, one can learn from the others. Choose to follow the strengths of others, and use their shortcomings to reflect upon ourselves”. My ceramic art is inspired by my upbringing in the East (Indonesia) and my adult life in the West (The Netherlands). It is about the philosophical differences, the similarities, the values and the way people interact with each other. In my work at the International Symposium of Ceramic Art at the WanQi Art Centre in Dehua organized by Art China I investigated the way I can connect both the East and West. By discovering ceramic through knowledge of others and materially experimenting with combining ceramic with plastics I made works which connect the East and the West. With ceramic, in addition to the art videos and video installation, I have found a new way to create, express, reflect and make improvements where necessary. ‘Three people traveling’ (East), shown in China, has a twin work ‘Three people traveling’ (West) which will be shown in The Netherlands in November this coming year.
‘Escaping my skin’
The physical skin, being the warm tense border of a person and always the subject to manufacturability was inspiration for the project “how do you escape your skin”.