Are you interested in women’s contribution to the arts? Are you currently a resident of Florence, or even just passing through?
On October 4th and 5th, twelve scholars will present their research on ‘Artiste del Chiostro’, nun artists and female art production in monastic communities from the early Renaissance through Napoleonic suppression. The conference is co-sponsored by the Jane Fortune Research Program on Women Artists in the Age of the Medici at the Medici Archives Project. If you’re interested in topics like “Nun Artisans, Needlecraft, and Material Culture in Early Modern Florentine Convents” or “Knowing Hands: Nuns’ Textile Artistry in Renaissance Florence” you should check it out!
If you’d like to attend, the conference takes place in the Sala dell’Annunciazione at the Convento dei Frati Servi di Santa Maria (SS. Annunziata), via Cesare Battisti 6. The conference entrance is to the left of the facade of the Basilica of the SS. Annunziata.
Talks run from 3:00pm-6:00pm on October 4th and 9:30am-1:00pm on October 5th.
A few of my paintings have been featured on art Tumblrs lately! If you’d like to take a look, there’s Play and Play II on EatSleepDraw, as well as Self Portrait as a Young Woman on Fuck Yeah Female Artists.
You can check out my tumblr here. It’s a collection of work by women artists as well as some of my own pieces. Any readers on Tumblr? Let me know in the comments and I’ll follow you!
Yeesookyung is a Korean artist living in Seoul, who is well known for her intricate and entrancing ceramic forms. Her sculptures are made of the shards and fragments of broken ceramics, carefully fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.
Yeesookyung created her Translated Vase series in 2002 after seeing ceramic master Lim Hang-Taek’s trash shimmering in the sunlight. She was attracted to the reflection of light on the shards and the organic forms their cracks created. Back in the studio, Yeesookyung takes the ceramic cast-aways and fits the pieces together until undulating, elegant forms emerge.
While originally, Yeesookyung had predetermined forms in mind, she soon let the materials guide her. Her pieces moved away from being quite so geometric and grew into forms she describes as “bumpy” and “stuttering”. The entire effect is enhanced by the beautiful gold she uses to fill in the cracks. Gold lacquer is not only beautiful, but a pun. In Korean the words “gold” and “crack” are both “geum”. In Yeesookyung’s words, “I wanted to add a sense of humor to my work by filling geums (cracks), which are considered as defects, with a valuable material, such as real geum (gold).
These sculptures question the ceramic tradition in which perfection is key. According to the artist, “The master potter was trying to create the perfect piece each time, and he would discard even the ones with the slightest flaw. So I chose to create new forms from them, because perhaps, I don’t believe completely in that kind of perfection”.
Yeesookyung’s attention to detail translates to the other mediums she employs. For instance, her incredibly intricate flame paintings are created by laying paper on the ground, starting from one position and methodically moving from bottom to top. This is similar to the way in which she uses ceramic. Her flames are carefully fitted together; they and the vases grow organically. Read more →