Youngeun Shin

BA (Hons) Ceramics

Time, Memory and Residue

Ephemerality, a state of flux, memory, and the fragmentation of relationships are concepts rooted in my artistic practice. I explore these ideas by making humble, familiar objects, such as vessels, alongside the ambiguous, small, intricate artefacts that feature recognisable textures and details from the everyday. A selective colour palette and clay bodies help me to explore the relationship between materials and their ability to enhance their own material attributes. Furthermore, the transformation from clay to ceramics through the process of firing physically, and metaphorically, consolidates its potential meanings and reflects the movement from the transient to the everlasting; thought becomes action, feelings become reality.

I pay attention to the total act of making by collecting and documenting certain off-cuts and residues. They range from crank clay slab pieces to coloured porcelain dusts. These often overlooked details become an integral part of my still life compositions.

I am fascinated by the near-universal presence of vessels, which occupy many realms; from the functional domestic to the formal experimentation of still life artists. In this sense, the vessel itself is of less importance than the things that arise from it; unintended residues, unexpected emotions, and unwritten stories unique to the immediate viewer.

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