Artist: Soim Par
Media: ceramics, carvings, glazes
Gallery: LBSU School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: (working on it)
During week three I had the pleasure of speaking with Soim Par, who was one of the artists that collaborated in the exhibition Welcome. CSULB undergraduate Soim Par is working toward her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Ceramics Program. She is a transferred student from Cerritos College and I was glad to hear that since this is her fourth semester at CSULB she should be graduating in 2020. She mentioned that she loved art but was influenced by a professor at Cerritos to get into the ceramics program. Soim hopes that her art pieces begin by being a reflection of herself and later move on to art that represents others.
To begin with, the exhibition was made up of ceramic pieces of all different shapes and sizes. Some were so big that you could see them clearly from eight feet away and others were so tiny you had to go up to them to be able to appreciate them. However each ceramic piece had its own unique features that made each one of them stand out. There was carvings and a lot of texture on many of the ceramic pieces. What caught my attention the most was the texture in the broken ceramic pieces because I wanted to know why such talented pieces had been displayed broken. The exhibition “Welcome” included a lot of textured and vivid glazed colors in its ceramic pieces which all were part of an experience that you couldn’t obtain by just by looking at it but by walking through them and living the experience yourself.
Additionally, the ceramic art pieces displayed in the Welcome exhibition represented all women’s work but specifically women of color. It symbolized the life that these women live which are hard because they have to be careful of not being too much or too little. They have to be dedicated to taking care of their families and putting themselves last while still being expected to smile through it all. Soim dedicated this exhibition to some of the women in her life like her grandmother who did a lot of housework but no one ever noticed it. She discussed how her grandmother was not understood as an individual but rather as a mother. The broken pieces in the exhibition represent the way women feel at some point, and she also mentioned how this part was unintentional because a lot of the ceramic pieces actually broke on accident. Overall, the purpose of the exhibition was to make people feel uncomfortable for them to experience what it is like to live the way women do in order to understand the message.
In conclusion, this exhibition has been one of my favorites ones so far because of the message it gives about the life that so many women continue to live even in what we like to call today a “modern” society in which women and men are equal. Soim Par’s ceramic pieces helped get the message across that women too are hard workers and just like men their work should be appreciated. They don’t deserve to live such uncomfortable lives after all they simply out of the love they have for those around them and it is unfair for their efforts to be unnoticed. I think the artists made a great job creating not only art but an entire experience that sent out a message about the way women constantly feel but are quiet about.