Observer’s Box

This work has expressed the image of today’s society that is not free from the other’s gaze through the language of ceramics. I used the story of the lover’s eyes to capture today’s different perspectives in our lives. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the British and European upper class used to exchange eye miniature between their lovers. The interesting part is that the ornament is always presented with an eye, not both eyes. It is because only lovers, and family could recognize them, so he/she could wear it boldly, rather than secretly putting it in his pocket. At first sight, the shape of a jewelry box and jewels with an eye decoration seems to be an ordinary object that may be seen in a drawing-room. However, looking closely gives an audience a unique experience with a mirror and eyes that are gazing at you. 


I am currently interested in how ceramics can be captured everyday stories through a contemporary interpretation of the past and present. 

This work is based on the story of eye miniature. In the 18th and 19th centuries, European nobles used to exchange eye miniature between their lovers. The interesting part is the ornament has always presented an eye, not both eyes.

My thought in this work is also linked to the ‘Observer Effect’ in Physics. In the Double Slit Experiment, when an experimenter(observer) looks at them with thinking of the particles as particles, then, the appearance of the particles appears. Yet, when not looking, the appearance of waves appears. The motility of the particles is a result of the observer’s thoughts, reads human thoughts as it is, and determines one’s own movement according to the observer’s thoughts. It is a story that the observer effect affects us in our daily lives. I wanted to imply this story visually in my work. For those living today, the string of eye-to-eye connection means a relationship. Even if they’re on opposite sides of the universe, they are influenced by each other.