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ARTIST IN FOCUS: Han A Ram

Born and raised in Daegu, South Korea, Han A Ram is an award winning contemporary ceramic artist who has more than 20 years of ceramic experience, which includes curating and teaching ceramic art in Yeungnam University for a decade. Han Aram is also an active member of various art associations. Han’s career is never far removed from an academic slant. Her artistic pursuits had begun even before obtaining her Master’s degree in Ceramics from Yeungnam University, where she continued to practice, write and teach this subject, relating it to her pursuit of a naturalistic path towards the rationalization of knowledge.


Over numerous exhibitions in Japan, Taiwan, France, South Korea and Singapore, Han A Ram’s conceptualization of knowledge invites a cognitive challenge of the aesthetic and the rhetoric. Her body of work continues to build on this investigation through her sculptures, which are often installed in mildly imperfect geometric configurations. Of course, one is accorded the freedom to revise such arrangements physically or mentally.

 

The concept of her works

“The concept of my work is about the flow of water. By showing the viewer images of water flowing like drops of water that are about to drip down or those collected after being dripped, I intend to evoke curiosity of the sequence of water flowing, which is not really predictable. Water, in Eastern philosophy, is one of the five main elements, including fire, wood, metal and earth. Water symbolizes knowledge that reminds me of books that have also become the subject matter of my work. “

Aram’s approach embodies a pure, discrete and mathematical depiction of strengths versus limitations in the pursuit of wisdom. In Everflow, the portals of knowledge, depicted as book sculptures, strike endlessly in coordination, against a limitless expanse, but only with partial breakthrough. It appears that wisdom, unexpectedly, may not be a universally welcomed virtue. In another work titled Crown of Wisdom, the power of knowledge and regality of scholarship cannot be tangibly separated, even with conscious fervour. This sculpture draws one towards the realization that the powers and perils of wisdom should be judged within the confines of our own moral standards.