MISSOULA – University of Montana Professor Beth Lo was one of four American artists paid a commission of $3,000 to create a ceramic piece of art for a major Korean art exhibit. Lo’s work will be featured in the “Main Exhibition” of the Seventh Geonggi Internaitonal Ceramic Biennale 2013. She will travel to Korea Sept. 25 to attend the exhibition and to deliver a gallery talk on her work on Oct. 2.
The 2013 exhibition theme is community, and Lo’s new work, "Breath," features mixed media, water, electricity and lighting.
“I wanted to create an image which involved a lot of figures, a sea of humanity, a community of people that ‘swim’ through life,” Lo said of her work. “I have used the image of the child for many years in my work, representing innocence and potential. I wanted to challenge myself to use other media in this piece, and so included light, motion and sound elements.”
Korea’s Gyeonggi Province has become a mecca of international ceramic development. The biennale event aims to set a new paradigm in developing the world's contemporary ceramics.
“I felt extremely honored and excited when I found out I was nominated and then selected for the exhibition,” Lo said. “Not only is this a prestigious exhibition to be a part of, but it also gives me an opportunity to see the Ceramics Center in Gyeonggi – sometimes called Disneyland for ceramists – and to travel all over Korea to see traditional ceramics.”
After Korea, Lo will travel to Shanghai for a four-day visit, for which she received a University research grant. She will investigate themes of family and culture in her work as she visits her ancestral home of Wu Zhen, where her family members were famous wok makers.
For more information on the biennale, visit http://www.kocef.org/eng/03_biennale/2012/01_01.asp.
Photo cutline: “Breath”