Jihye Han's "Breaking Ground" utilizes clay, cedar, and porcelain to explores themes of
separation and lonesomeness, drawing from the artist’s Korean heritage and North and South Korea division.
Artist Ben Muñoz stands with his sculpture "Compacted With Care."
Shelia and Houston Hill Courtyard Gallery - New Sculptures
The Fort Worth Community Arts Center welcomes two distinct emerging artists Jihye Han and
Ben Muñoz to the Shelia and Houston Hill Courtyard Gallery.
Ben Muñoz’s Compacted with Care examines the duality of the Muñoz’s life as a husband,
father, and artist. The single sculpture is constructed from the Muñoz’s printmaking woodcuts
and figuratively denotes life’s building blocks’ in which the artist reconfigures balancing
between home life and artistic pursuits. The assembled sculpture resembles the wooden blocks
formations he and his children build together during playtime.
Jihye Han’s Breaking Ground utilizing clay, cedar, and porcelain explores themes of
separation and lonesomeness, drawing from the artist’s Korean heritage and North and
South Korea division. Breaking Ground consists of two site-specific structures designed
specifically for the Shelia and Houston Hill Courtyard Gallery. The sculptures leverage
the previously installed cement plinth to reference Korean palaces and the dominant
boundary of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. The two separate
structures symbolize the separation of two families, the DMZ, and the artist’s own
cultural experience living in Texas. Porcelain ribbons are placed throughout both
structures, alluding to prayer ribbons found on the “Freedom Bridge” in South Korea. Each
ribbon is a small message of hope that Korea will be unified one day. The fragility of
the white porcelain ribbon further symbolizes life’s fragility and honoring those who
The three plinths that serve as pedestals for the Arts Council’s temporary sculpture
exhibition program were designed by local artist Kris Pierce and commissioned for the
City of Fort Worth’s Public Art Collection. Untitled (Plinths) are permanently sited at
the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The artwork was inspired by the building’s striking
architecture designed by Herbert Bayer, an artist and seminal member of the avant-garde
Bauhaus school in Germany. Drawing from this aesthetic, Pierce’s designs derived from
Bayer’s universal alphabet through a process of repetition, redaction, and refinement.
Each sculptural plinth complements the existing outdoor sculpture exhibitions at each of
the five museums within the Cultural District.
The three sculptures are free to view on the grounds of the Fort Worth Community Arts
Center from August 28, 2020 through July 31, 2021