During the course of two decades, from the early 1980s to the late 1990s, Lee Seung Hee intensively trained in the techniques of porcelain pottery. After working with clay for over twenty years he began to interpret it in a broader sense and wanted to challenge the possibility of using the medium of porcelain pottery as the basis of contemporary art. From the late 1990s he began to see a way to incorporate the ancestral craft of pottery, making it into a new form of contemporary art. Seung-hee's work centers on empty space.
He mixes clay, which is the basis of porcelain, with water to a consistency similar to paint, and paints once every day on top of the surface of a flat board which is also made from clay. As the clay dries, the repetitive painting allows layers to accumulate, giving the surface a depth. He scrapes off the surface to create the figures and the empty space, and then glazes and bakes the pieces in a kiln. It takes about ninety days to complete one work.
About Lee Seung Hee
Korean, b. 1963