People live with the nature in daily lives. People are inspired by the nature, capture certain emotions or memories in the nature, feel the noble of nature, and discover their own identity. The exhibition, titled “Nature in Myself’, includes 11 ceramic artworks of two artist-researcher-educators based on their experiences in nature, including Bryce Canyon, Antelope Canyon, the night sky, deep water, trees, forests, saguaro cactus, waves, aurora, and wind. The four interconnected themes of “Emotions within the Nature”, “Realization through the Nature”, “Find Self through Nature” and “Nature Found in the Artworks”, open the stage to the viewers to interact with artworks and the artists. We, found in the nature, become sincere and heimish. Through this exhibition, we hope that viewers will also find truthful and warm stories through appreciating the works of art and having dialogues with them.
Sangmin Lee is an artist-researcher-educator born in South Korea and currently pursuing Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture Education with minor in Ceramics at University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. He has a Bachelor of Education Degree in elementary education and Master of Education in elementary fine arts education from Seoul National University of Education, Korea. He has worked as an elementary school teacher about four years before moving in Tucson. He has begun to deep dive into the ceramics from his graduate school in Korea. His inspirations on the ceramic pieces usually came from the nature, personal narratives, and socio-cultural themes. He has exhibited his works internationally, including Korea, Germany, and US.
Hayoung You is an artist-researcher-educator, born in South Korea and currently pursuing Ph.D. in Art education at Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. She has a Bachelor of Education degree in elementary education and Master of Education in elementary fine arts education from Seoul National University of Education, Korea. She started her ceramic works from 2013 and be fascinated by clay. As a ceramic artist, she makes artworks that contains her philosophy, experience, and appreciation of the beauty of nature. Clay, water, and fire are her closest friends and at the same time, the tools that can express her life. She wants people to feel a warm comfort and beauty when they see her artworks and take the time to think about themselves as well.