Sophia SoHyun Kim
Art in all mediums has a power of transformation. Clay, for me, has a unique capability. I have explored different facets of clay while studying at Emily Carr University. The inspirations of working with clay, the textures of reliefs and cut outs are energizing. Throwing clay on the potter’s wheel, in particular, can be addictive as it is quiet and personal; it is like a meditation for me as I have to center myself before I can center the clay. Trees are my obsession these days. My fascination on tree barks started while taking pictures of textures of oaks, birches, pine trees and aspens in Pacific Northwest. I have been mesmerized that they all seem to have scars on their barks, and try to tell us their stories with callus, I watchfully listen to their stories to share botanic exquisiteness beyond the cicatrix.
The cup contains the universe which must overflow. Just as we are like cups who, though limited in our size, are born to overflow with the riches of our hearts. The "Half Handle" shows that we hold life lightly - with ease and only "half grip". We do this because it is what true life allows before slipping from our grasp.