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"Midsummer Enchantments: The Teapots of Eunjung Park"
2001-06-11 until 2001-08-19
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
USA United States of America
Rhode Island artist Eunjung Park's teapots go far beyond traditional tea service. The Korean-born ceramist's unique teapots serve as a form through which to explore the metaphorical,
functional, and ritual connections between people and objects. Park takes this everyday object and re-creates it into startlingly original forms. Bananas, carrots, bok choi, and a variety of
other colorful fruits and vegetables are merged and reshaped into brightly glazed, slipcast porcelain, creating nontraditionalyet functionalteapots adorned with wings, tiny snails, and other
garden creatures. Each teapot seems to take on a life of its own, almost like a new type of vegetable or animal. As the artist explains, The spout is a nose of the creature that breathes,
and the teapot invites a user with the aroma of tea through her spout, as flowers attract bees with their perfume and honey. The spout pours collected nature and nourishment through use,
allowing human nature and Nature to meet.