$ 350.00

Dimensions: 8.5”(L) x 8.5”(W) x 6.5”(H)
Weight: 2.5 lb
Type: GOBI Exclusive, Edition of 3

Calling a Lifeline is a set of dumbbell candles that reinterpret notions of strength. A dumbbell is defined as a bell without sound, but could it be heard if we listened closely? Could it be used to call someone or some thing – living and nonliving – for guidance and strength? The dumbbells are adorned with the gogok shape found in burial tombs during the Silla period, though they existed on the Korean peninsula long before that. These shapes were used as ornaments for shamanic ritual items. The shapes are thought to represent embryonic forms, the moon, and abstract dragons. Mimicking a comma, the embryonic form reminds us to take a moment to close in and breathe out, to make room for a cosmic connection between ourselves, surroundings, and ancestors.

Cut the cords when you are ready. The lighting of the candle is a ritual providing space for mourning, longing, comfort and growth.

Instructions for ritual:
1. Set an intention before lighting.
2. The wick cord connects the dumbbells at multiple points. Cut each wick point down to ¼”.
3. Only light one dumbbell at a time on the ceramic plate.
4. Light the wick at multiple points under supervision.

About the artist

Christine Yerie Lee is a Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist and designer working in sculpture, moving image, and installation. Her work addresses personal and collective memory, hybridity, and visibility by engaging with history, myths, and pop culture. She plays with spectatorship and perception as a form of agency, often using her body as a vessel to articulate ideas around resistance and resilience. Through worldbuilding and material exploration, she aims to illuminate the distinct and parallel threads of the human experience to provide pathways for connection and an inclusive future.


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