kim joon’s interest in tattoos is possibly a reaction to the less libertine society of his native korea. whatever the purpose of his commentary, the execution of graphically manipulated images of dismembered ceramic body parts, is what interests me. the connotations of the body as object and a decorated one at that, together with the patterning or tattooing as an expression of its spiritual aspects is cleverly and pleasingly done. even the deception may have one imagine some painstaking ceramic process is involved. joon’s artistry has previously explored the theme of tattoos from cultural and social angles, but i believe these works show a diversion and progression beyond that to reveal more of a spiritual connection to a greater subject that concerns the attachment and detachment of our physical sensibilities of value and beauty.