Vetri is excited to present new works by Seattle-based artist Yoonjee Kwak. In this series, Yoonjee explores vessels as a metaphor for human nature. These works will be featured in her first solo exhibition with Vetri titled Unnatural Nature.
Yoonjee says of her work:
I make sculptural vessels to represent human beings as iconic symbols from the Korean culture. In Korea, when people discuss the nature and character of a person, they often use a “vessel” as a metaphor of one’s spirit of tolerance. For example, if someone has a generous and broad mind, they say “His vessel is big and wide”. The work in the show Unnatural Nature incorporates organic and architectural elements into the structure of my open vessels and uses the shape as a metaphor for people who interact with their external character. I believe when the vessel of a person is open, they can have true connections with their environment. Therefore, my open vessel-shaped pieces indicate various depths of personal relationships.
The attractive characteristic of coil-building is that it allows artists to observe progressive growth through the process of the work. The process is very similar to raising a plant from seedling to blossoming. As a plant needs water, sunshine and time to grow, my works need patience and time. I am able to create a meaningful record of my practice as I build; memorializing the patience, time, and feelings I experienced while steadily making each piece.
Unnatural Nature will be on view from September 2nd through October 2nd.
Opening reception: Thursday, September 2nd 5-8PM (face masks are required)