Of all the myriad art mediums there are, I think it’s safe to say that ceramics is the most-often overlooked and under-appreciated. Perhaps because the foundation of ceramics is so utilitarian, the artistic merit becomes second to the functionality.
Montana-based artist Steven Young Lee is turning that notion on its head, however, with his innovative and slightly subversive series of ceramic cups with motifs borrowed from various cultures (Dutch, Chinese, Korean, French, English, etc). His cups, however beautiful and steeped in tradition as they may be, are rendered un-useable through various – and purposeful – cracks, holes, bends and tears. By taking away these common, every day objects’ usefulness, Lee is heightening and putting more emphasis on their artistic value. [h/t iloboyou.com]