Minsoo Lee

Minsoo Lee

My work involves creating a form with multiple layers of color and cutting the object to show their stratum. The series has been made in various sizes and colors by repeating the same process. The series began with my interest in multicasting. Multicasting is a kind of slip- casting, which uses distinct colored slips as numerous layers, and I have evolved it into my own unique method by combining the wheel-throwing method, which I’ve been practicing for a very long time.

My works are made in the following order:
First, I place a gypsum mold that can make a cylindrical shape on a wheel and turn it. Then I pour the slip into the mold and apply it to the wall interior. Once the gypsum absorbs some of the moisture, I pour in a different color slip. Repeating this process creates a form of multiple layers of slip. Once the object is dry, I remove it from the cast and geometrically cut out a piece of the object with a knife. The reason for this is to expose the cross section of the multi-layered ceramic wall.

There were some limitations due to the visual effect and for technical reasons. In order to emphasize the cross section, I have not diverged too much from the simple cylindrical shape and therefore I have also limited the shape of the cut pieces to vertical and horizontal lines.
I only worked with the colors white and blue for a long time, because the colors are stable at high temperatures while firing, and these two colors harmonize and contrast well simultaneously. Additionally, my concentration declines if there are too many choices of colors. I started to use different colors and kinds of slip after I thought I was technically proficient.

I have done my best to improve my work by increasing my ability in each minute of the process. I trained myself rigorously in working with slip to be able to make a uniform layer and finish it into a neat form. I wanted to create simple forms with repetition of a limited number of colors, but not necessarily by way of a simple process. I plan to change the form and my color palette dramatically in the future. I think I have reached the turning point of wrapping up the past series and I look forward to beginning a new series of work.