Artist: Jihee Min
"A cup of tea is comforting. It soothes, calms, and balances body and mind. A warm drink gives a sense of caring, brings people together, and invites anyone and everyone regardless their cultural and/or demographic backgrounds.
Teacups (001-030) displays an overlay of thirty vintage teacups found in a cabinet of an over-a-century old mansion. The image creates a soft assembly of imprints where the subject becomes semi-abstract with layering of forms that appear, disappear, and re-appear. The work is easy to recognize, without being too literal.
The floral designs in the cups reference nature where blossoms happen in every season. This incites a sense of hope to the patients and visitors of CAMH. The green tone in the cup reduces stress, and provides calming and restorative emotions to inspire positive healing in CAMH’s therapeutic environment. Dream-like and abstract, the simplicity of the form provides an open reading of the work. The work attempts to find beauty in mundane object, and invite viewers to immerse into their own imagination where warmth and comfort becomes a foundation to a healthy recovery.
---Teacups (001-030) is part of a series entitled Teacup Series where one hundred forty nine vintage teacups are captured and portrayed into five distinct objects. The proposed work is the first of the five sets."
- Jihee Min