New meanings and roles of a ‘house’ as a space where diverse joys are found in everyday living have been emerging. The Yeoju Special Exhibition II of KICB 2021 has been arranged for children, who are staying at home many more hours these days than ever before. Presented here is Ceramic House where children, future artists, can play and be healed by enjoying the kind of space that is familiar to them. A kitchen where children can make food with diverse food ingredients and kitchen tools, a bathroom where children can enjoy water splashing, a room filled with imaginative games, and space where children can feel nature and plants. Here, visitors can see works holding memories and imagination of ordinary days. By providing hands-on activities connected with the exhibition to allow children to participate in the exhibition themselves, this exhibition aspires to give children a badly-needed reprieve from today’s endless dreariness by means of joyful art activities.
In cooperation with SINAWI Ceramics Group of female ceramic artists, who are mothers of young children, this exhibition introduces warm and colorful works for children. 3-dimensional and rich in color, these free-spirited ceramic works elicit great imagination. Depicting natural phenomena such as rain, plants, animals, familiar tools, and other such wonderful things, the works displayed here provide an opportunity to experience everyday living becoming art.
This exhibition is divided into four sections that represent familiar yet strange spaces of a house, where not only ceramics works relating to the theme are displayed but an educational program featuring crafts is offered to help children develop their senses through hands-on activities and unfold their creativity. The program is offered four times during the exhibition.
Hands-on play with diverse objects and clay lets children become ‘little artists’ themselves. Playing in this way elicits children’s interest in understanding and appreciating art in a natural way. Following the eyes of the artist who sees things in everyday living in unique ways, the children, too, have more and more fun as they explore and expand their senses in their own ways. Hoping that the characteristics of the material called clay and moments of special experience that unfold in the space called a house will warmly touch the hearts of children, we invite you to the ‘House of the Little Artist.”