Porcelain, Glaze (Cone 7 Oxidation
3 ½ x 6 x 4 ½ "
The work that I make focuses on my experience navigating life as a Korean-American, as well as the formulation of my identity through Internet culture. Vessel forms represent the day-to-day experiences of the body, where animals illustrate cognitive experiences.
Growing up, I had a typical American upbringing. Despite this, I experienced consistent reminders of my otherness through Asian jokes, stereotypes, and that all to common question of “what kind of Asian are you?” Taking inspiration from wire frame models in 3D software, I recreate traditional Korean ceramic forms through intricate clay structures. The end results are vessels that act as self-portraits that discuss the disconnect between my physical appearance and my cultural upbringing. The vessels, which are traditional in form, lack the surface area on which to apply traditional decoration. This becomes a metaphor for the contrast between my physical appearance and my lack of Korean language and culture.
As an American, I have a hard time feeling a deep connection to a specific culture because we are a melting pot. In many ways, the Internet provided a replacement for this lost connection. The Internet can be an amazing place to explore identity because your experiences there can be anonymous through avatars. I utilize animals to act as my own avatars to tell personal narratives. Parts of these animals are deconstructed into wire frames to communicate the idea of a rendered, artificial moment. In contrast, I want the emotions of the avatars involved to communicate the authenticity of the experience.
Tyler Quintin is currently a long-term artist in residence at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, FL. Prior to this; he completed work-study, internship, and assistantship positions with various artists and craft schools across the country. Tyler received a BFA from Washburn University in 2016 on a full tuition merit scholarship. Washburn afforded him the opportunity to explore work across a variety of mediums, which eventually led to a transition from drawing to ceramics. These foundations have provided Tyler with sensitivity towards material choice and interdisciplinary thinking in his approach to clay. Tyler’s work has been exhibited in numerous national and international exhibitions, including venues such as the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (Helena, MT) and the San Angelo Museum of Art (San Angelo, TX). Recently, Tyler was a presenter for the international online ceramics conference, The Ceramics Congress. His work is featured in the permanent collections of the Mulvane Art Museum (Topeka, KS) and the San Angelo Museum of Art (San Angelo, TX).