Arts Empowering Lab
李舜如X施明坤X宅木 -- 陶木展
Ceramics by Alice Lee & Frankie See and Wooden Furniture by Zawood
李舜如在作品中加入了豐富的想像力，把大自然的各種元素融入器皿中，創造出有著樹木形態的杯子、帶著翅膀想要飛翔的碗碟、多肉植物造型的枱燈，和雲朵裝飾邊沿的餐具。施明坤則從意念出發，思考及關注大自然的發展變化，創造出「花之重生」系列作品（Episode of “Flowers’ Reincarnation”），「流榴星」系列的作品是作者對生活器皿與藝術品之間的關係思索。宅木的家具保留了原木的質感紋理，把傳統的中式木榫結構和葡式手繪融入現代的家具中，利用回收舊木重新組合成新家品，以環保、簡約和自然為理念。
The essence of ceramics is earth, and the raw material for furniture is wood. Earth, wood, gold, water and fire are the five elements (Wuxing). But in fact Wuxing is an ancient Chinese Taoist system, meaning far more than the merely five elements. Everything in the world possess elemental attributes related to the five elements of water, fire, wood, earth and gold, where each stands for, respectively, moist and flow downward, flames, ductility and extension, change, and, sowing and reaping. Wuxing is applied to philosophy, divination, fortune telling, calendars, Chinese medicine, and sociology.
In the early Neolithic, mankind already knew how to make pottery using clay. The firing of ceramics needs fire, and the fire relies on wood as fuel, which is the mutual generation like "wood generates fire, fire creates earth" according to the Five Elements Cycles theory. From another perspective, wood represents plants and vitality, and the growth of plants needs the nourishment from the soil. As important natural elements, earth and wood respectively stands for the land and vitality. Naturally, Alice Lee and Frankie See who use clay to create and Zawood that uses wood as creative material all take into account the relationship between nature and life in their creative concept.
Alice Lee infuses rich imagination into her works, blending various natural elements into her ceramic utensils to create cups in the shape of trees, dishes with wings eager to fly, table lamps mimicking succulents, and tableware with cloud-decorated edges. Frankie See conceptually ponders and follows the evolution and changes of Nature, producing the series of works Episode of “Flowers’ Reincarnation”, while her "Meteor·Durian" series reflects on the relationship between everyday life utensils and artwork. Lastly, Zawood’s furniture retains the wood’s texture, incorporating Chinese traditional craftsmanship (tenon and mortise) and Portuguese hand-painting in modern furniture made with recycled wood, trying to remake new home furnishings with the philosophy of eco-friendliness and simplicity.
We have learned and understood a lot about ancient art, culture and life in history through ceramic art. Ceramics are soft and plastic in their making. Once fired, they are hard and last long, which is perhaps why ceramic art is so appealing. The Throughout Life exhibition marries art with life, recording the creations of the two potters in this period, and in combination with the showcase of wood furniture craftsmanship, the event brings together the two important elements to visitors, thus bringing closer artwork and daily chores.
展期 Extension period：21/10 ––– 27/11/2018
Opening Hours : noon - 7:00pm (except on Wednesday)
At Light – Pátio do Padre Narciso nº 1, R/C, Macau
免費入場 Free Admission
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主辦 Organizer：弘藝峰創作社 Arts Empowering Lab
贊助 sponsor：文化局 Instituto Cultural
場地贊助 Venue sponsor：At Light
開幕相片 ｜Opening photos :
媒體報導 ｜News report：
TDM，澳門人澳門事，第1872集 陶‧生活 2018-11-13
澳門日報，2018-10-30，C12視覺版，土木二行——“陶 · 生活”
Born in Hong Kong, Alice graduated from the Department of Business Administration, the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1987. In 1991, she went to the United States to study art. In 1997, she obtained a MA in humanities from the University of Houston. In 2003, she completed a MA program in fine art at the University of Houston, majoring in sculpture.
From 2000 to 2017, she held solo sculpture exhibitions in the United States, Hong Kong and Macao, while also participating in collective exhibitions of ceramic art in China, Japan and South Korea.
In 2004, she moved to Macao and a year later, in 2005, she established The Original Studio.
At present, Alice is engaged in sculpture creation and ceramic art education.
Nowadays succulents seem often related with healing. Following this line, I combine them with lighting function, so that when you come home, you can switch on a soft tone 'healing lamp' and gradually relieve the stress of the day.
The Cloud Series
By using delightful light blue tones on spheres of different sizes, I hope to create a good mood on the dining table, inviting users to spend a little leisure time on appreciating 'floating clouds in the sky'.
The Winged Series
I have always envied winged creatures, for their beautiful wings and ability to fly. What would be the effect if we incorporate this element suggesting freedom and ease into everyday tableware?
I really like observing the growth of various trees, especially the lush old ones. This is my first try at creating these tree-shaped cups and I have simplified the crowns and branches, while accentuating the old trunks, to enhance the cups’ convenience of use.
Frankie (Si Meng Kuan) earned her MFA (Modern Art) in South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China, and Higher Diploma in Visual Arts in Macau Polytechnic Institute. Being a freelance artist now, she has been school teachers for several years and participated in various exhibitions held in Mainland China and Macau.
Episode of “Flowers’ Reincarnation” may be viewed as the extension of my works “Reincarnation” in 2014 that featured fallen leafs. Flowers are shorter-lived than leafs, but look more elegant. Even having fallen and withered flowers still display different faces of beauty. In the episode of “Flowers’ Reincarnation”, I have collected dozens of species of flowers in Macao and Hong Kong to produce these dishes. Some of the flowers were picked up from the ground after falling down, some withering on exhibition display, some disposed in the wake of special events, some from students’ homework. Some flowers grew in Macao and Hong Kong, and others from elsewhere. Behind these flowers are the evolution of the flowers and transformation through urbanization. Are these ceramics the only remains in the end?
The "Meteor·Durian" series is my exploration of the conflict between the functionality and artistry of ceramic works. In the shape of meteor hammer/durian, this series of works gives off a palpable sense of danger. But don't forget these are actually practical utensils. Yet, with seemingly unstable bases/bottoms, can they hold well the food materials?
“The Clock of Time", another work of mine, is inspired by minerals – which bear witness to the history of nature documenting the evolutions of different substances in time – while clocks are used by man to tell time, expressing the time and reflecting human desire to control time.
Established in the summer of 2012, Zawood is a small shop selling wooden products at the site of a former carpentry workshop. The humble shop with simple decoration runs on a shoestring. Nevertheless, truly rooted in wood, the Macao-based tiny Zawood upholds eco-friendliness as the core value, taking creative energy as the daily drive.
In the works presented, two main elements (naturalness and traditional crafts) are featured: we retain the natural characteristics of wood, and deliberately construct structures with exposed mortises. This way can not only let viewers appreciate the charm of traditional wood crafts, but also create a vintage feel and a mood of nostalgia. In addition, with patterns from Portuguese tiles hand-painted on wood, and Chinese-style hardware accessories used, the works highlight Macao's identity as a melting pot of Chinese and Portuguese culture.