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James Seet

Commissioned: Janus I

Commissioned: Janus I

Year: 2015

Medium: Stoneware ceramic

Dimensions: 56 x 50 x 43


"Janus I & II," both commissioned artworks by Kohler designed to tour throughout South East Asian countries, draws inspiration from the ancient Roman god of beginnings and transitions. With dual faces looking towards the past and the future while existing in the present, Janus symbolizes the cyclical nature of time and the ever-evolving journey of humankind. The sculptures, presented in two distinct forms, embodies the essence of transition and transformation. As a ceramic artist born in Malaysia with Chinese roots, I am deeply connected to the rich tradition of ceramics that has traversed geographical and cultural landscapes. "Janus I & II" reflect the intersection of tradition and modernity, mirroring the diverse heritage of Southeast Asia. The artworks are a testament to Kohler's brand purpose, embracing the significance of a meaningful present and a visionary future. In a world where tradition coexists with contemporary expressions, these two pieces challenge the perception of ceramics as merely utilitarian and decorative, evolving into a dynamic 3D canvas that prompts thoughtful contemplation. "Janus I & II" encourage viewers to engage with the past, present, and future, fostering a dialogue on the evolving role of ceramics in our ever-changing world.

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