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Nothing Edible, Everything Sensible: How I recognized her waiting_1

Joy Baek

Nothing Edible, Everything Sensible: How I recognized her waiting_1

Joy Baek

Reference

SAS0150_003

Year

2022

Dimensions (cm)

Height: 41
Length: 22
Depth: 31

Materials

Stoneware ceramic, gelatine, wire, and plaster

Suitable Locations for the Work

  • Indoors
  • Floor-based
  • Freestanding
  • On a plinth
  • In a case

Background, history, commissioner of the work

Overall, the majority of the artworks from my latest research are rooted in the Korean folklore about Pulsatilla Koreana which most Koreans know as a Grandmother Flower due to its external features reminding of elders. Throughout my oeuvre, the flower has been used as a representation of socially and culturally underrepresented groups. In my latest works, the plant was primarily used as a symbol of parents, elders, or sometimes forgotten/disappearing things.

Thematic/contextual information

A series of Nothing Edible, Everything sensible: how I recognized her waiting and Here, My waiting was derived from my memory of visiting elders’ houses where they often live alone. Reinvigorating my emotions and memory of that time, I installed this series of ceramic pieces with expired food (Yakult and peanut caramels, the food that the unknown elderly lady gave me on my visit) inside to demonstrate the hospitality of the elder and the poignant warmth that I felt.

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