Lee Seung Hee, ‘TAO(bamboo)’, 2016, Park Ryu Sook Gallery

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In the order of the Four Gentlemen (the seasons of the year), the bamboo represents the spirit of summer. But since the bamboo lasts through all seasons, it is frequently associated with pine and plum as the ‘Three Winter Friends’. The Bamboo is considered a gentleman with perfect virtues. It combines upright integrity with accommodating flexibility; it has the perfect balance of grace and strength, or the Yin and the Yang. When the storm comes, the bamboo bends with the wind. When the storm ceases, it resumes its upright position. Its ability to cope with adversity and still stand firmly without losing its original ground is inspirational, at both a personal and a national level.
Seunghee Lee understands the traditional history of bamboo and its symbolism but wants to do something dramatic. He wants to remake bamboo out of the most fragile and inflexible of materials; clay.

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