perpetual care 2022

anthotypes, cotton, stoneware, grass, wood, plant pigment

perpetual care explores the potency of lived spaces through a tender yet critical examination of empty space and its phantasmic materials. Utilizing his mother’s childhood home as a studio, the artist culls from their surroundings by sourcing, collecting, and extracting materials through ritual-based processes that rely on the passing of time—sourcing plant-based materials for dye, aging prints through light exposure, and firing clay to create uncanny domestic forms. The artist weaves between the ephemeral nature of memory and the materiality of objects which evoke a subtle but latent feeling of longing. Absence is a pervasive theme that runs through the body of work where loss informs feelings of sentiment, grief, and a precarious playfulness.

-Sso-Rha Kang