To stimulate a cultural exchange between South Korea and the United Kingdom, a special exhibition introducing contemporary ceramic art from both countries was organised, with humanism as its theme. Coming from different historic and cultural backgrounds, the ten artists, who represent nine artmaking entities, are working in similar areas of interest (humans, society, environment, communication, community). Their works transmit a warning to people about the diverse social issues surrounding us and embody propositions for the recovery of our humanity. Their work, pictured above explored a cultural exchange of ideas and knowledge about how we celebrate cultural moments in our life such as birthdays, marriages, death and retirement.
The Ceramics Research Centre team at the University of Westminster, including Emeritus Professor Christie Brown, Tessa Peters, Eva Masterman, Researcher Phoebe Cummings and Reader Clare Twomey, were all invited to Gimhae in South Korea, where they attended the opening of the exhibition and participated in a Symposium. A book on the exhibition will also be published, to which Tessa Peters has contributed a substantial essay.
Having long explored human beings, Professor Christie Brown has focused on the relationship between human beings and animals, creating works that embody human beings’ inner sides as animal faces. Sculptures of the hybrid animals/humans gaze out expressionlessly as they occupy the space. Connoting physical or psychic wounds, her hybrid sculptures stir feelings of compassion for those who are socially vulnerable or marginalized.
Ambika's Dream’ (pictured below) is a work based on a spatial interpretation and personal experience of 'Ambika P3', an exhibition space at the University of Westminster. This space is supported by the 'Ambika Paul Foundation’, created in honour of the daughter of Lord Swraj Paul, Ambika, who died at an early age. Using Ambika’s beloved London Zoo as a backdrop, Christie Brown has staged a scene in which many figures of young children walk through the zoo. In ‘Ambika's Dream’, viewers are invited to join Ambika and the other children on a journey, experiencing eternity in the world they unfold.