Handle with Care

2020-

Humans invent tools and objects, and these objects can become 'subjects’—leading, provoking, and triggering our wonder and curiosity, even indicating to us how to treat them. By objectifying the human body, such tools become associated with the realm of ritual, consecration, prayer, and magic. The 'handle' in my works represents the body can be handled as a tool or a means from the subject to an object, by the human subjectivity to manipulate the other or oneself to be objectified, initiatively or passively.

 

This series implies and questions the objectification and dehumanization under the 'given meanings' of the body by casting and connecting different body parts (male and female genitalia, ear, nipple, umbilicus, …) and objects (egg, shell, seed,…) referring to gender, sexuality and reproduction. Deriving from the making process is an ongoing dialectical query about the presentation and representation of 'the body'.

 

Nevertheless, it equally embodies a tribute to the life cycle beyond male, female, and androgyny, echos the complex meaning of the body has to be 'handled carefully'—'handle with care'.

 

Handle with Care

(part of the installation view)

Various sizes: L 17-29 x W 3-15 x H 1-5.5 cm

porcelain and glaze

Handle with Care

(detailed overview)

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