Founded in 2017 to showcase the creativity and versatility of Singapore-based ceramicists, Ceramic Expressions is an annual group exhibition that seeks to foster new explorations in ceramic art. This year’s iteration will also showcase the works of invited international ceramicists for the first time.
Aida Khalid adds tropical accents while negotiating between strength, functionality and beauty in her work, while Eddie Yee makes a ceramic case for listening without judgment. Fyon Cheong explores what it means when people “show their true colours,” and Hazel Ng continues to celebrate the beauty of nature. Hetty Lie-Schricke examines her Nyonya identity as she reimagines the kebaya, while Hiroko Mita muses on the wonder and harmony present in nature and the cosmos. Kat Kng reveals hidden depths using sgraffito scratch marks and lines, as Mami Kato explores the relationship between inner and outer selves. Steven Low seeks to channel the energy of the cosmos and draw attention to its beauty, while Zestro Leow imagines an alien invasion that chips away at long-cherished belief systems and their perceived value.
Guest artist Ken Mihara’s latest series explores the theme of the eternal, with forms reminiscent of ancient archaeological finds – and objects from a post-apocalyptic future, while Takayuki Sakiyama’s celebrated Chōtō series is a study on the power and rhythms of the ocean and its currents.
Rather than sticking to existing, popular styles and techniques, the common thread running through these works is the willingness and courage to pick up the gauntlet, to imagine new vistas and ways of being. These pots and sculptures exalt nature in all its wonder and beauty, and accept all the risks entailed in daring to excavate and dig deep into the human psyche and in questioning prevailing notions of identity and value, even as others dare to cast their gaze into the infinity and eternity of the beyond.
Venue: Mulan Gallery, 36 Armenian Street #01-07 (off Loke Yew Street) Singapore 179934
When: 2 - 23 Nov 2019, 11.30am - 6.30pm Tuesday to Saturday
Venue/Organizer: Mulan Gallery