With her series Translated Vase, Yeesookyung engages in acts of material alchemy. Ceramic fragments—sourced from vases that were discarded after being deemed inferior at traditional ceramic workshops in Korea—are collaged into new vessels with geologic and biomorphic forms. The quintessential blue-and-white and celadon porcelain types joined together here have their own centuries-long histories as highly valued commodities that originated in China and circulated around the globe. Mended with gilded epoxy, the breaks, symbolic of pain and rupture, are transformed into points of strength and beauty. While this practice holds associations with kintsugi, the Japanese tradition of repairing ceramics with lacquer dusted or mixed with metallic pigments, here the artist plays on the Korean words for "gold," "flaw," and "crack," which are homophones.