Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hamilton Spectator Article by Regina Haggo

Thursday,  Nov 15 2012 

Ceramist searches for inner peace


Photos by Douglas Haggo/The Hamilton Spectator  Jin Hee Jun, The Rest, six ceramic sculptures including The Thirst: Rabbit. 
From her exhibition at Carnegie Gallery, Dundas

The Forest, ceramic relief.      
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Instead of writing about her thoughts and experiences, Jin Hee Jun fires up her kiln.
“I’ve worked to express with clay my own circumstances and emotions from my daily life,” she says.
Her work is on show at the Carnegie Gallery in The Rest, a striking exhibition of hand-built sculpture, both free-standing and relief.
An award-winning ceramist and teacher, Jun has been exhibiting internationally for more than 20 years. She immigrated recently to Canada from her native Korea and now lives in Burlington.
Jun’s pieces reflect on memory and inner peace. Remembering the view from her Korean studio inspired Jun to make The Forest, a four-panel relief in which she looks at the outside from the inside.
I could see all the seasons change,” she recalls, “and I could see many animals.”
The relief shows us a varied landscape. A small gathering of stones lies on the far left in front of some tall bare trees rising from an uneven ground line. The trees extend beyond the picture space at the top. Low-lying bushes grow immediately behind the trees. A mountain range runs high above the bushes, its height barely allowing sky to peek through.
Jun creates a convincing sense of spatial depth through high and low relief. The stones, for instance, are in higher relief than the trees. And the line that runs along the mountain tops is incised and consequently below the surface, providing a contrast to the details on the surface.
The view looks restful, but the combination of strong horizontal and vertical elements creates visual tension. The ground line and the mountains, for instance, compete for attention with the verticals of the trees. Tiny multidirectional lines filling the spaces between the trees also add distracting movement.
Jun limits her glazes, leaving the view almost monochromatic. This makes the burst of rosy hues in the sky on the right a delightful surprise.
Jun likes the colour and texture of the clay to be obvious. “I use ceramic pigment like watercolour on the surface so as not to ruin the relief detail and texture that the clay naturally has,” she says.
She chose an ivory-coloured clay to build the six pieces that make up Rest, which gives the exhibition its title. Each pale cylindrical form features an animal, avian, insect or floral motif.
Jun says the creatures represent her and her search for inner peace.
Looking down on one piece we see a blue circle with a spiral — water flowing from a spring. We see the back of a rabbit drinking from the spring, which symbolizes the source of fulfilment, serenity or rest. Jun calls this The Thirst: Rabbit.
Another example from this series reveals a moon and an owl, its big round face and eyes echoing the rounded top of the form it’s painted on. The owl watches all night, searching the darkness for what is real.

Regina Haggo, art historian, public speaker, curator and former professor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, teaches at the Dundas Valley School of Art.

Jin Hee Jun
What: The Rest
Where: Carnegie Gallery, 10 King St. W., Dundas
When: until Nov. 25
Phone: 905-627-4265

Friday, December 10, 2010

Ceramic Sculpture & Murals

I’ve worked to express with clay my own circumstances and emotions from 
my daily life.  I like the color and texture of the clay to be obvious. 
I use ceramic pigment like watercolor on the surface 
so as not to ruin the relief detail and texture that the clay naturally has.

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1982-2018 Self employed Ceramist
1983-1999 Lecturer-Seoul National Univ., Gunkuk Uiniv., Seoul women's Univ., etc.
1996-2005  Assistant Professor-Chungkang College of Cultural Industries, Korea

 Carnegie gallery artist member
 Burlington Potter's Guild, Hamilton Potters Guild

 1987, 1989, 1997 in KOREA
 2012  Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, ON  CANADA

2009-2004 ‘From the Fire’;Korean Contemporary Ceramic/USA Touring Exhi:
  Trammell & Margaret Crow collection of Asian Art -Dallas TX, 
  Roswell Museum and Art Center-Roswell NM, 
  Pacific Asia Museum-Pasadena CA, Honolulu Academy of Arts-Honolulu HI, 
  Asian Art Museum-San Francisco CA, 
  Mississippi Museum of Art-Jackson MS, 
  Museum of Fine Arts-St. Petersburg FL, 
  Jordan Schnitzner Museum of Art at the Univ. of Oregon-Eugene OR, 
  Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts-Montgomery AL, 
  Anchorage Museum of History and Art- Anchorage AK, 
  LaGrange Art Museum- LaGrange GA, 
  Denison University Art Gallery-Granville OH, 
  Kennesaw State University Art Gallery- Kennesaw GA
2008 Art Focus,  McKay Gallery, Unionville, ON CANADA
2004 China•Korea•Finland-Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition, Jingdezhen Millennium        Event,  Jingdezhen, China
2003 International Ceramic Artists Workshop - 2nd World Ceramic Biennale, World Ceramic  Center, Les Manning, Mark Pharis,etc.KOREA
2001 The Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition 2001 KOREA, Joseon Royal Kiln Museum,      World Ceramics Biennale
2001 Cheongju International Crafts Biennale, Korea
1999 Seoul Craft Exhibition, Seoul 600years Memorial Museum, Seoul,korea
1999 Construction of Contemporary Art, Fukuoka Art Center, Japan
1996 Japan & Korea Open Air Ceramic Exhi., World Ceramic EXPO in Saga '96, Japan
1996 '96 JICA in BELGIUM, Alden Biesen Museum, Belgium
1993 '93 NCECA-Korean Contemporary Ceramics; San Diego, USA
1993 '93 Seoul Contemporary Ceramics Biennale, Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art,      Korea
1992-91Contemporary Korean Ceramic Arts Touring Exhi. to Europe Sweden, Germany,    France
1988 East-West Contemporary Ceramic Art; '88 Seoul Olympic Arts Festival, Korea

International Arts & Artists Center, Washington DC, USA
Jingdezhen Ceramic College, China
Joseon Royal Kiln Museum, Kwangju, Korea
ASIA MUSEUM, Daejun, Korea
Chungkang College of Cultural Industries, Korea

Representation:Carnegie Gallery