Seunghee Lee understands the traditional history of bamboo and its symbolism. In Asaian culture bamboo is the hallmark of beauty and character. Highlighting such virtues like integrity, modesty, loyalty and honor. Even the nature of its flexibility and vast root system, all depicting things like prosperity, resilience and strength. Seunghee chose to remake bamboo out of the most fragile and inflexible of materials: clay.
Wanting to create a paradox between the two identities: the flexibility of the natural bamboo vs the inflexibility of man-made pottery. Intrigued by this fascinating tension of the two opposite substances, it drove him to create: the flexible and the inflexible, natural and man made, soft and hard, flexible and rigid.
These are the properties of a natural bamboo forest vs a clay bamboo forest But they are also properties of us all. Seughee Lee takes us on a walk into a forest that we are all part of.
Seung Hee has an unusual approach to ceramics. He recreates famous examples of Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) porcelain onto ceramic tiles. In a genius format he is able to duplicate these images of fine porcelain onto ceramic tiles, while replicating and retaining their original beauty. In Korean, porcelain is known as baekja, or white ware. The process of duplication is very in-depth and time consuming in order to retain the original beauty and charm of these historic porcelain pieces.