I am in love with this artists work. Choi Jeong-Hwa’s art makes me feel happy and inspired with his larger than life, colourful, flamboyant sculptures. I particularly love the building covered in 1000 re-used doors. Imagine how many times those doors have been open and shut in a lifetime and who used them.
Thank god for Choi Jeong-Hwa and his creative vision.
Top> Flower Chandelier
Middle> Flower Tree then What-is-it
Bottom> 1000 door building
I have chosen to show you these images today because they portray a fragility, yet have suprising strength.
The beautiful cups appear fragile and awkward, partly because they have been constructed with a deliberate clumsiness and because porcelain clay gives a delicate translucency. Porcelain, however is the hardiest of the ceramic clays and is very tough. In fact the little creatures I use in my Glory rings are made from porcelain.
The sculpture by Bronia Iwanczak, is made from cracked eggshells which suggests weakness, but the shell of an egg keeps a baby bird safe through their entire incubation. It is so hard in fact, that to emerge from the eggshell the baby bird has to use their egg tooth, basically a sharp little pick to break the eggshell. In the sculpture, grouping the eggshells together makes the whole construction stronger both conceptually and physically. I think of ‘strength in numbers’ when I look at it, as well as just liking the aesthetics of the piece.
I like to think these images are a metaphor for the capabilities of people too. Often we have a surprising inner strength even when we feel fragile and vulnerable.
Cover and middle> Julia Haft Candell cups at Iko Iko online shop.
Bottom> Defense Rhythm (1997) by Bronia Iwanczak.
Image from the cover of Conceptual Beauty, perspectives on australian contemporary art by Jacqueline Millner