EUN-HA PAEK (Korean, b.1974)
Drunken Vase, 2018
Eun-Ha Paek (Korean, b. 1974) is an artist living and working in New York City. Her work in ceramic – informed by her background in film/animation/video (for which she holds a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design) – explores objects’ ability to illicit a response from the viewer based both on the object’s formal qualities as well as the viewer’s past experiences.
In her own words, “The same way a boulder on a hill stores potential energy, a banana peel on the floor can be the setup to a joke, storing potential “ha-has”. The setup might cause a smirk, without any real action taking place. My work uses this potential to construct narratives on the precipice of the familiar and strange; to explore grief and hope with humor.”