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« I am not positive, I am not negative, I am poetic. »
The Chinese-born ceramist Qi Zhuo plays with words and misunderstandings, and in this semantic shift, invents unusual objects that explore the limits of the material and the original meaning. In a dynamic of recomposition, he destroys to create. New forms are born where ideas meet.
For her Jarstice series – a contraction of the English words jar and justice – the artist has used the traditional techniques and forms of Chinese ceramics. The paradox between the obvious violence of the projectile contrasts with its symbolism: the weight, that of a scale of Justice, pierces and marks durably while sublimating the ceramic with golden shards.
In his series “I lit a vase” the artist brings together two techniques that are antagonistic, to say the least. Fine ceramics and firecrackers are both linked to fire, one is frozen in a thousand-year-old quietude while the other generates noise and light on the occasion of festivals.