Wen-Hsi Harman (1984- )is a Taiwanese ceramic artist, based in Bristol, United Kingdom. I am also a member of the UNESCO-International Academy of Ceramic IAC and NCECA National Council on Education for the ceramic arts.
My ceramic practice investigates the concept of ‘in-betweenness’ between Taiwan and Britain. Living away from my homeland gives me a clearer perspective of the culture in which I grew up. The cross-cultural experience provides a platform from which I can address the questions of who I am and how I might express and communicate my experience of in-betweenness as a place where I can survive - where I can draw breath to help me cope with the challenges of living in two cultures.
Currently, my handmade ceramic wall pieces are mainly porcelain and stoneware with the gold luster, enamels, and digital transfers. However, one of my project called " Taiwanese bananas and island" was focused on the earthenware (2014-2019).
Using the tips of my thumbs and forefingers I created tiny and careful actions to represent my own small voice. This meditative movement is between pressing and pushing, is between inhaling and exhaling. Each small individual porcelain fingerprint is a reconstruction of my cultural identity.
Updating the information on the 24th Sep 2019.
Photo by Sea Maiden Photography / film.