Jin Eui Kim is a ceramic artist, originally from South Korea, he has recently completed his PhD in Ceramics at Cardiff School of Art and Design and is now concentrating more on studio practice which will develop his skills, a new direction for his work and experimentation with new ideas.
Jin Eui explores the depth of tonal effects and spatial illusions, creating works that are both visually and intellectually challenging. He makes none-functional sculptural works of horizontal and vertical cylinder forms, applying the principles of creation of illusory spatial phenomena such as gradient in tone and size of bands. He also tries to understand more of the quality of clay and how it can be combined with subtle variations of tone to create the illusory spatial phenomena.
Illusory optical effects are commonly experienced in two-dimensional fields, especially black and white Op art paintings. These phenomena brought me to question why that happens and what if these are applied onto three-dimensional ceramic artworks.
To approach an answer to the problem and the principle of the illusory optical and spatial phenomena, I examine the key elements of creation of the illusory properties through reviewing both two and three-dimensional artworks which lead me examine the relevant theories and debates which create and develop the conceptual and visual framework.
My work explores how the perception of three-dimensional ceramic forms can be manipulated by the application of arrangements of bands on their surfaces. Depending on the arrangement of tonal bands, using gradients of width, interval or tone and contrast, illusory spatial phenomena can appear and thus significantly influence the actual three-dimensional forms.
The duration of viewer’s attention, viewer’s position, tone or colour of the background are also crucial influencing factors for the creation of such illusions. The illusory phenomena created in these ways are intended to be intriguing, to capture the viewer’s imagination, and to offer new possibilities for the decoration of ceramic artworks.