Stories Cannot Be Told

17 June to 17 July 2015


In her new exhibition of highly emotive blue and white thrown vessels, Chun Liao engages with a number of stories. While her work is often autobiographical, in this particular body of work the interpretation of these stories is left open for the viewer to decode and decipher.

Delicate they may be, there is resilience and emerging strength within Liao’s ceramic forms that is heightened in the atmosphere conjured by the contrasting cobalt and icy-white glazes, the differing facets of each vessel, as well as her restrained use of gold and silver.

This poignant series of work illustrates the artist’s profound connection to her practice and deeply felt understanding of human nature.

Image: Chun Liao, 2nd Story
Photo © Philip Sayer (2015)

Born in Taiwan, CHUN LIAO came to the UK to study in the 1990s. She holds an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art, where she also undertook an M. Phil research project in 1999. Her vessels are generically similar in shape, but never identical. Instead she develops a seemingly limitless range of possibilities through subtle nuances of form, colour and detail. Liao emphasises the importance of intuition in her work, explaining that, ‘sometimes they originate from a thought, a piece of music, a vision or a simple line of words. However most of the time they are not rational, designed or planned. I just simply need and have to make them.’

Her work can be found in numerous notable international collections, including the Crafts Council Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

For more information, images, or to arrange an interview with the artist please contact Siobhan Feeney or Tatjana Marsden
tel: +44(0)20 7336 6396

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