Vase with Landscape and Dinosaurs

Copied Steven Young Lee, Vase with Landscape and Dinosaurs, 2014, porcelain with pigment and glaze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Richard Fryklund, Giselle and Ben Huberman, David and Clemmer Montague, and museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art , 2015.17, © 2014, Steven Young Lee

Artwork Details

Title
Vase with Landscape and Dinosaurs
Date
2014
Dimensions
20 12 × 13 12 × 12 34 in. (52.1 × 34.3 × 32.4 cm)
Copyright
© 2014, Steven Young Lee
Credit Line
Gift of Richard Fryklund, Giselle and Ben Huberman, David and Clemmer Montague, and museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art 
Mediums
Mediums Description
porcelain with pigment and glaze
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Animal — other — dinosaur
Object Number
2015.17

Artwork Description

Steven Young Lee perfectly formed and then deconstructed this vase. A closer look reveals roaming dinosaurs, which transform a traditional Chinese landscape painting on porcelain.


Lee expresses the artist’s role in questioning boundaries: “As artists, our role is to observe, question, and articulate the moment. An important aspect of this work is the sincerity of the investigation and the willingness to engage in difficult conversations. . . . while boundaries do exist, the mere fact of their existence invites—if not demands—that they be confronted, challenged, and reshaped.”

This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022

Related Books

Book cover for Renwick Invitational 2016
Renwick Invitational 2016: Visions and Revisions
Visions and Revisions celebrates the work of four contemporary craft artists—Steven Young Lee, Kristen Morgin, Jennifer Trask, and Norwood Viviano. Artworks from each artist defy expectations as they meditate on decline and decay, resilience and rebirth. Lee’s porcelain vessels, derived from Asian ceramic traditions, slump and bend, fracture and fold in the kiln. Morgin’s unfired clay assemblages explore personal nostalgia and the American Dream. Trask weaves bone, resin, metal, feathers, and insect wings in haunting jewelry. Viviano uses cast glass and maps to investigate population shifts and the fragility of communities everywhere.

Exhibitions

Media - 2016.11 - SAAM-2016.11_6 - 124929
Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery
November 13, 2015March 6, 2022
Connections is the Renwick Gallery’s dynamic ongoing permanent collection presentation, featuring more than 80 objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world. The installation includes iconic favorites alongside new acquisitions.