Sarah E Choi
For me art is life. Expressing and executing the inspiration in my mind isn’t always easy because it often brings pain along with joy. However all those different emotional and creative processes have taught me perseverance and given me insight into both my art work and my personal life. Sometimes I feel frustrated by the limitations of my own thoughts, and I am still in search of a true liberation within my work. Nonetheless, this process reflects the direction of my art, and I will most likely continue this struggle throughout my life as an artist. Perhaps, this forms a part of all of our lives as cognitive beings. If so I hope to share this with the viewer.
My recent ceramic work takes its direction from my fondness for architectural scenes and religious motifs. It is informed by my interest in humanity - love, sharing, helping, comforting, loneliness, isolation, solitude, hope, etc. These two sources, substantial and abstract, have led me to explore a more creative and personal way of making my ceramics.
I studied both sculpture and fine art, and have always had an interest in combining the two- and three- dimensional in my work. Recently, I have begun translating my drawings made in life classes to my pots. I use low relief on 3D vessels - applying images of mainly women’s bodies from my long term life drawing practice - working on them as 3D canvases. For me, the vessel holds dual meaning both as a container for tangible objects and, more importantly, for spiritual essence.
I use coiling to build my vessels as I prefer to use a more organic and ancient technique for my work. Predominantly, I use a stoneware clay to hand build the vessels and the sculpture. For the colour I apply various glazes, underglazes, underglaze pencils, oxides, and slips. I use sgraffito technique for the drawing itself.