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James Seet

TOPsy-Turvy I

TOPsy-Turvy I

Year: 2011

Medium: Stoneware ceramic

Dimensions: 38 x 23 x 23


In the rhythmic dance of life, where the mundane collides with the extraordinary, I find solace and expression through my series, "Topsy-turvy." Like the whimsical spins of a child's top, these ceramic sculptures invite you to explore the essence of duality, a reflection of my own existence as a full-time artist and a full-time adman.

Each sculpture takes the form of a spinning top, a timeless symbol of perpetual motion. The surface, a canvas for my artistic narrative, comes alive with the vibrant strokes of oxide pencils, underglazes, and glazes. This dynamic fusion allows me to weave playful textures that beg to be touched and admired from every angle.

As you interact with these pieces, I encourage you to disrupt the static norms of traditional art appreciation. Feel the need to turn them around, to see the world from a different perspective. The deliberate ambiguity in each view mirrors the topsy-turvy nature of my own life—a continuous juggling act between the realms of artistry and the demands of the advertising world.

In the ceaseless spin of these sculptures, I find a metaphor for the perpetual motion of my own journey, where day seamlessly melds into night, and the roles of creator and communicator intertwine. The tops keep spinning, echoing the rhythm of my dual existence, inviting you to contemplate the delicate equilibrium of work and passion.

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