Ferrin Contemporary's current exhibitions feature works by ceramic artists whose experiences in Jingdezhen, China, shaped and transformed their work. One of these ceramic artists is Sin-Ying Ho who says about her current exhibition, "'Eden' speaks to the potent nature of these cross-cultural intersections and hopes that these collisions bear meaningful fruit."
"Since 2000, contemporary western artists have been traveling to Jingdezhen, the birthplace of porcelain, to produce artwork in partnership with local artisans using the Chinese workshop system," Leslie Ferrin said. "Through residencies at The Pottery Workshop, artists are introduced to the collaborative process where they are inspired and enabled to create artwork in new ways."
On a recent visit to China, Ferrin visited the studios, galleries, shops, and historic sites where porcelain was first produced.
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"Eden is a mythical garden, a place of pristine and natural beauty. Eden is the search for paradise, a mythical place of bliss, delight and contentment. It is a place for reflection, meditation, and a haven from earthly delights.
"The 'Eden' series was inspired during the onset of the economic crisis in 2008, as it was a time when we were all searching for answers why the economic collapse happened. The size of the vessel produces a visual appearance and is a reference to the human form. I began treating the surfaces with hand painted cobalt pigment traditional Chinese Flowers painting integrated with a silhouette of 'Adam and Eve' as referenced from Renaissance paintings. Inside the silhouette of Adam and Eve, these printed symbols, signs, charts and language of free market, trace the complex universal human nature and human traits; greed, materialistic desires, hopes and technological transformations. This universal human nature and human traits are intrinsic to the concept of the series.
"As the world moves into new age of globalization, people are now brought together more than ever, and our global culture is constantly evolving towards the next unknown.
"Referencing my own history being a Hong Kong-Chinese in New York, Eden speaks to the potent nature of these cross-cultural intersections and hopes that these collisions bear meaningful fruit." – Sin-Ying Ho
Sin-ying Ho lives and works in New York and Jingdezhen, China.
Ceramic artist Sin-Ying Ho was born in Hong Kong, immigrated to Canada, and currently resides in New York City. She holds an honor diploma from Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in 1995, a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1997 and an MFA from Louisiana State University in 2001. Ho has taught and run workshops, lectures and exhibitions all across Canada, as well as from Metropolitan Museum of Art and Harvard University to Hong Kong and Jingdezhen – over 1000 years old city of porcelain in China. She has taught at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond; Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary; and Concordia University in Montreal.
Among her honors, she has received the San Angelo National Ceramic Competition Merit Award, Canada Council Grant for the Canada Year of Asian Pacific, Canada Council of the Art Research and Development Grant, and a PSC-CUNY Grant. She was nominated for a 2011 Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. She was one of the feature artist on a documentary TV series, Routes: The Spiritual Odyssey of Chinese American Artists.
Recently, the series of Eden was exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her pieces are in the permanent collections of the Icheon World Ceramic Centre in Korea, Glenbow Museum in Canada, Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan, and Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong. Her work 'Music' serves as the cover image of Utopic Impulses: Contemporary Ceramics Practice, edited by Ruth Chambers, Amy Gogarty & Mireille Perron (Ronsdale Press 2007).
Ferrin Contemporary specializes in ceramic art circa 1950 – present. For over thirty years, Ferrin Contemporary has been the preferred source for artwork by established and emerging ceramic artists and designers whose primary medium is clay, for private collectors, institutions and the media.
Based in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Ferrin Contemporary maintains exhibition space, business office, library and art warehouse at Project Art, an artist residence in a renovated, 18th-century mill building in Cummington, Mass. The exhibition space features artworks from current projects and artists engaged in our international program for visiting artists and professionals. Their programs include presentations at art, design and antiques fairs; partnerships with commercial galleries; and support for artists at museum venues.
Ferrin, along with a team of art professionals, provides services to private collectors and project and career management to ceramic artists.
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