Born in Seoul, South Korea, Ahryun Lee took her first ceramics degree with honors from the Department of Crafts and Design at the Seoul National University. Intent upon widening the scope of her work, she subsequently took a Masters Degree in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art in London. She then promptly set about destroying the line between Art, Craft and Design. Given her vast knowledge of the fundamental materials of each discipline, she has combined the rich history and traditional skills of each to drive an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary ceramics. Her ceramic art pushes the boundaries of unique expressions in clay.
Lee’s principal objective has been to create intriguing objects which in turn create discourse between the object and the viewer. At the same time, she is exploring an aesthetic that is anything but ‘business as usual’, even in the vastness of contemporary ceramic art. The combination of her multidisciplinary approach has resulted in an expressive and unconventional way to create extraordinary surface qualities. She is attempting to challenge every conventional notion of ceramic art, thereby forcing it past its utilitarian roots and pushing the material into something that is both attractive and stimulating visually.
Her project entitled Imaginary Drinks explores synesthesia. This is a condition in which sensory perception is simultaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses such as sight or taste. For example, hear a sound and also see it in red. Her work is all about the power of the mind and how it perceives reality. Perhaps this is not rare. Newborns for the first four or five months experience this until it is (usually) eventually lost. By focusing on tactility, she is creating imaginative and essentially provocative ceramic objects which she hopes will lead us to a synesthesia experience with its vibrant visual language.