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Zen and the art of clay in KL

Sep 09. 2020
James Seet - Sabi no.14, 2020, Ceramics, 31 x 17 x 29 cm
James Seet - Sabi no.14, 2020, Ceramics, 31 x 17 x 29 cm
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By The Nation

James Seet has soaked in traditional Japanese aesthetics to create new ceramic works on show from September 17 to October 3 at Richard Koh Fine Art in his home country’s capital.

In Wobbly Sabi, Seet draws inspiration from Japan’s wabi-sabi, a worldview inspired by Zen Buddhism and centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The works in the show exude roughness, simplicity and modesty, but most importantly show clay as a revelatory medium of contemplation for the artist.

James Seet - Sabi no.7, 2020, Ceramics, 23 x 35 x 23 cm

“I worked with it up to a point and then, let go, inviting it to shape itself to reveal a far more compelling aesthetic truth than I ever could,” says Seet.

Rather than striving for perfection, Seet allows the natural forces of gravity and time to shape and complete the works.

Seet, 50, has represented Malaysia in various ceramic festivals, international conferences and exhibitions including the 2nd South East Asia Ceramic Conference, in China in 2012. His works feature in several international collections, including the ceramic museum in A’lcora, Spain and Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics Canada.

James Seet - Sabi no.13, 2020, Ceramics, 27 x 13 x 25 cm

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