Not a Bed of Roses – Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition by IEONG SOK I
展覽簡介 Exhibition Introduction：
As the saying goes, “Life means frustration eight or nine times out of ten.” It is not a bed of roses. Just as IEONG SOK I puts it, “We live our lives as always and the daily things fail to happen as we expected, but in the stumbling we could only live with a mentality of easiness to reach self-consumption, accept the rhythm of life and calmly deal with it.”
This exhibition mainly exhibits her three series of works: Captivity, Popple and Multiplication Table. The three series of ceramic works in this exhibition are related in terms of formal language and spiritual expression, which reflects the constancy, inevitability and normalization of life.
Captivity shows that people under various pressure are oppressed by frameworks called school, work and family into “helpless squares with edges and corners”. Popple adopts the moulding technique by pulling blanks, simulating the curling posture of the leaves fallen down and several holes eaten by insects while the clay is still in a soft state. It reveals that every leaf is destined to slowly decline from the moment it falls from the tree. The works in the series of Multiplication Table are named after the multiplication table (also called the song of Jiu Yin) that we studied as a child: 1×1=1, 2×2=4, 3×3=9, etc. Each piece of work is made of clay sheets and is combined in singular and plural forms. It refers to the state of our daily work which is like reciting the multiplication table, full of mechanical repetition.
IEONG SOK I, born in Macao in 1989, received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Macau University of Science and Technology in 2012. In 2017, she obtained her master’s degree in Ceramics and Crafts from China Academy of Art. In 2019, she founded the ceramic studio “Yitao Handmade”. Currently she is engaged in administrative work. Her series of works Captivity has been exhibited at the 2017 Asian Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition at Aichi Prefecture, Japan and the 2017 Macao AFA Autumn Salon.
展覽地點：瘋堂十號創意園 (澳門望德堂區瘋堂斜巷 10 號，C01及C02展覽室）