1984 Born in Taipei, Taiwan, lives and works in Belgium.
Ming-Miao Ko is a visual artist who mainly specializes in contemporary ceramics art and object art. She also created jewellery art in her earlier artistic development.
Her artworks are characterized by a fluid, non-binary approach that obscures the borders between the body and object, human and non-human, sexuality and reproduction, which is deriving from the entangled relations of natural and artificial, biological and cultural to question the sexualization, objectification and dehumanization. The sexed body is both naturally and culturally structured and constructed, which is deeply meaningful and variable, also fragile but powerful.
She plays similarities and reinvents metaphors between the existed given meanings, symbols, shapes, and associations by casts of things from nature, daily life, and the human body parts. She reinterprets those elements which are referring to sex, gender, reproduction, birth, birth control and sensuality to reconstruct her artworks by connecting different parts that link to ideas and imagination of transforming hybridity. Her practice resonates with the feminist new materialism and her eastern cultural roots to rethink the western dichotomous view of culture and nature. In this regard, her approach is heading toward relational thoughts about the materiality of the bodies of humans and non-humans by seeing the whole milieu as an expansive material interconnection, expanding from inside and outside our bodies as a continuum. She interprets earthen materials to create her works, fulfilling her imagination of the all-things-connected assemblage of various vital cycles.
Her pieces not only reflect the fragility of the sexed body but also demonstrate the powerful and variable meanings of its complexity. By interacting between the radical thinking and cautious making processes as an ongoing questioning about the (re)presentation, evolution and the meaning of 'the body', she creates an uncanny surrealistic symbiosis by using the delicate and fragile porcelain material to interpret the nuances of recreating meanings that hidden in details between being and becoming that intrigue the viewers' wonder.
2021 Master's degree at Ceramic studio of Fine Arts department, PXL-MAD School of Arts, Hasselt, BELGIUM.
2018: Master's degree: Master of Culture and Arts in the Master's Degree Programme in Fine Arts (specialized in Contemporary Jewellery and Stone Carving), Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Imatra, FINLAND.
2013: B.F.A degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Department of Crafts & Design, National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA), New Taipei City, TAIWAN.
2007-2009: Bachelor in Department of Geography, National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, TAIWAN.
2012: Completing Jewellery Making Training, Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training Institution, Keelung, TAIWAN.
2012: Certificated of Level C technician of jewellery processing license, TAIWAN.
AWARD & HONOURS
2022: Prix Ceramic Art Andenne 2022-- a remporté la Mention du Jury
(Price of Ceramic Art Andenne 2022--won the Jury Mention), Andenne, BELGIUM
2021: Seleted by "The 25 best graduation projects of 2021-- the design talent of tomorrow"
(De 25 beste afstudeerprojecten van 2021: het designtalent van morgen) by Flanders DC, BELGIUM.
2021: Nominated by the Wanatoe jury to the Wanatoe Prize 2021 (Wanatoeprijs 2021) of Limburg, BELGIUM.
2012: First Prize of Graduated show competition, Northern Training Center, Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training Institution, Keelung, TAIWAN.
Kunstenaar Van De Maand 2023 – Zebrastraat (Zebra Culture)
2 Jan - 29 Jan 2023 Zebrastraat 32/001, 9000 Ghent, BELGIUM.
VISIONS – The thematic exhibition of Ceramic Art Andenne (CAA)
14 May - 12 June 2022. Centre Culturel d’Andenne, Andenne, BELGIUM.
KORU 7 - The 7th International Finnish Contemporary Jewellery Triennial Expo
30 Oct 2021-13 Mar 2022: South Karelia Museum, Lappeenranta, FINLAND.
Majolika Manufaktur Karlsruhe - IKONE 2021 (Majolika Award for Contemporary Ceramic Art)
Oct 2021 - Jan 2022, Staatliche Majolika Manufaktur Karlsruhe gGmbH Galerie und Verkauf Ahaweg 6-8, 76131 Karlsruhe, GERMANY.
25 - 27 June: EXcITed/21, MAD-Gallery, PXL-MAD School of Art, Hasselt, BELGIUM.
15-4 Mar 2021 There's No Place Like Home, PXL MAD GEBOUW G TENTOONSTELLINGSRUIMTE, PXL MAD Vrije Kunsten, Hasselt, BELGIUM.
25-30 Jun 2019: Onkruid Vergaat NIET, Gym, PXL MAD Vrije Kunsten, Hasselt, BELGIUM.
21 Mar- 5 Apr 2018: Mos (Masters of Saimaa), Kaapelitehdas (Cable Factory), Helsinki, FINLAND.
10 Oct 2016: KORUN PÄIVÄ (Day of Jewellery) show, K-Citymarket Imatra, FINLAND.
11-22 Jan 2016: “POP l’atelier Bijou, ENSA Limoges”, Ranska, FRANCE.
25-30 Jun 2013: “Department of Crafts & Design” graduation show, group exhibition, International Exhibition Hall, National Taiwan University of Arts, New Taipei City, TAIWAN.
19-24 Jun 2012: Graduation show, Northern Training Center, Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, Keelung, TAIWAN.