Hoyeon Chung


This paper discusses a series of five sculptures that were made during my two years of graduate school at Rochester Institute of Technology. During that period, I realized and contemplated my existence. I spent much of my first year thinking about my emotions. The inspirations around me were getting more broad starting from different the interactions in all elements of my life. This idea also might be universal. Even though all lives are different, there are similar characteristics that most people possess. People are living within boundaries. The boundaries can consist of several elements, such as family, friends, environment and time. These elements of life are very special for each of us. In this reason there is no exact same life or person in the world, but there are some elements all lives are based upon. Our lives make a big circle which starts with birth and ends with death, earning and losing. In terms of this view, we are all walking the same path with similar relationships. I am concerned with what most universal matters have filled our lives. The theme of my series of five sculptures is about substantial things in one's life: birth, youth, independence from, and dealing with family relationships. In terms of creating images, giving shape might be the biggest challenge for creators. The essence of sculpture for me is the recognition of space, the perpetuity of our existence. In my personal opinion, all creators have their own language. The language of sculpture is a universal language and it can speak directly to us even though we know nothing whatsoever about a particular piece of work, apart from what we can see right in front of our eyes. The aim of these works is to explore the way we declare invisible things in one's life each with our own language.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Metal sculpture--Themes, motives; Sculpture, Abstract; Life cycle, Human, in art; Interpersonal relations in art

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School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Urso, Leonard

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Romaguera-McNulty, Aminta

Advisor/Committee Member

Sodervick, Bruce


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: NB1220 .C58 1999


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