Corresponding with Jeju Scoria Artwork

Christopher Mc Hugh (Photographer)

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This is an experimental body of research artefacts, comprising a range of material test pieces made as part of my contribution to The Clay Reader – Scoria, Scoria, Jeju Scoria, a modified artist in residence programme focusing on the creative potential of volcanic scoria soil from Jeju Island, Korea. These vessels were formed and fired in molochite and plaster moulds using a process reminiscent of the pâte de verre technique of kiln forming glass frit. The interiors of the moulds were texturised or incised with simple imagery. The title responds to the project having been modified from a residency on Jeju Island to a postal project due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is also a reference to anthropologist Tim Ingold’s (2013) concept of ‘correspondence’, where the act of making is dependent upon a mutually constructive relationship between the material and the sensory awareness of the maker. My own correspondence with Jeju scoria, involved a series of experiments through which I gradually gained an understanding of how I could work with it. Although this was an almost alchemical process which involved attempting to tame this relatively non-compliant material, it was also essential to embrace the particular material properties of the scoria. The resulting pieces have a primitive, archaeological appearance, where the natural qualities of this volcanic material merge with cultural references.
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Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 27 Dec 2020


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  • Corresponding with Jeju Scoria

    Mc Hugh, C., 27 Dec 2020, When, in what form, shall we meet again - Jeju Scoria . Kwon, K. & Kim, H. (eds.). Korea: City Art Community, p. 71-89 18 p.

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