Ceramic artist Seo-Yeon Park based this collection of slip-cast porcelain tableware on the colours and forms seen in abstract paintings by American artist Georgia O’Keeffe.
Finished in an array of deep green, purple, and light lilac tones, the tableware emulates some of the colours found in O’Keeffe’s magnified flower works – “The Dark Iris” painting in particular.
The slip-cast ceramics have delicate, warped edges that bear a close resemblance to petals. When nested inside one another, these thin edges come together to give the impression of a flower.
Seo-Yeon told Dezeen that her ceramic work is directly inspired by O’Keeffe’s quote: “I paint because colour is a significant language to me.”
She, therefore, considers “intensity of colour” and “simplicity of form” as the most significant aspects in her practice.
In order to achieve the intense colours, the designer experimented with mixing two or more pigments with a high-purity white porcelain clay.
The coloured porcelain is then fired at a high temperature of around 1280 degrees celsius in an electric kiln, which gives it a light finish similar to polished stone, without having to be glazed.
Seo-Yeon Park’s Botanical Garden works were exhibited at this year’s international Collect art fair.
The collection was showcased by Seoul-based gallery Sikijang. Founded in 2005, the company supports young artists whose contemporary crafts incorporate Korean traditions.
A series of installations in the Collect Open exhibition also took place as part of the wider Collect Fair, which saw Jay Osgerby select 14 designers working with craft to present “thought-provoking” installations based on timely issues.