I am a Korea born, designer turned artist. 

I have product development background in home fashion and textile print industries. I still pay good attention to the current trends out there. I believe my experience of creating my own lines for years influences greatly in what I do now in days. I am also very into music & gardening, and love animals. They are inseparable for my creative process. I enjoy very much to take elements of what I see or hear, then convert, process and apply them to be something tangible.

The best word that can describe my work would be “eclectic”. : in dictionary definition, “not following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems”. 

Life seems to be often an overwhelming stream of thoughts, feelings and happenings. I try to catch each moment of “sparks” in that fast flow. I use various resources which feel appropriate for that moment. Then, the little spark that I caught in the flow becomes a celebration of blessings, souvenir of a curious journey, or sometimes, trophy for self-forgiveness and tombstone of a painful memory.  I believe the intension and process of creation itself also is a part of creation, it incubates strength. I simply create traces of my life but it anchors me down so I won’t be flooded away and it fuels me to continue moving forward.

Recently, I’ve been working on abstract ceramic sculptures. I hand roll slabs, cut them into stripes, then reconstruct them into architectural & organic forms. I often think about natural forms and textures, such as mineral sticks, crystal rocks, columnar joints, or tree branches, and how they are related in space. Flow of the elements in gravity & space is important in my sculptures. Also, equally important is the procedure of creation. The simple repeating routine: pulling a solid clay lump apart into stripes and then, putting them back together again as a whole :became like a ritual.  Many people have asked me why I don’t use a slab machine or simply hallow out sculptures. I’ve tried and didn’t like neither as it felt incomplete. All hidden pieces inside of my sculptures have their own purpose and roll. I’d like to keep them all despite the prolonged drying time and potential accidents during firing. This raw and repeating process became like meditation to me.

J. Gina Lee

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