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May 1, 2008
For Immediate Release

Contact: Mary Cloonan
Exhibitions Director
410 578 1919 x 18

Baltimore Clayworks presents
Myung Rye Kim
The Journey of the Magnolia: Total Work of Art (Gesamthkunstwerk)

Baltimore, Maryland – May 1st, 2008 –Baltimore Clayworks features our Lorima Salter Fellow, Myung Rye Kim with the exhibition Journey of the Magnolia. This exhibition runs from June 28th through August 2nd, 2008 with an opening reception on Saturday, June 28th, from 6 to 8 pm. Admission is free.

Myung Rye Kim has an M.F.A from Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea and from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Her work has been exhibited nationally as well as internationally in Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Russia and Turkey. On display in our gallery will be sculptural and functional works that draw inspiration from botanical forms as well as furniture and home accessories. Hand-built with porcelain and iron-rich clay, she celebrates the intricate beauty of nature and the memories attached.

“I am interested in spectrum of memory as a metaphor for change in my circumstances. I am exploring a lot of different slices of memories that are contained in my works. I have always been interested in bringing clay into our living spaces and now my work is doing this in a more abstract way. For some time I have been intrigued by the idea of the “Total Work of Art” as a creative synthesis with the environment. The term used to describe this is the “Gesamthkunstwerk. My studio pursuit considers a deep expression of metaphor and symbol through using the magnolia, bamboo, window and stamen. My works are influenced by the nature of shape, form and space. I work to represent the aspects of fragmented memory in my work.”

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Baltimore Clayworks is a not-for-profit ceramic art center located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood in northwest Baltimore. Founded in 1980, Clayworks is housed in two renovated buildings, and offers classes, artists' spaces, exhibitions and programs in the community. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. For more information, call Baltimore Clayworks at (410) 578-1919 or visit