My thesis investigates the phenomenon of human aspiration in life and was conceived from the new perspective I have about myself and my pursuits in a foreign country. Originally from Korea, I relocated to the United States and during this time asked myself many questions to determine my goal. When I was young, adults would ask me about my future even though I was not yet old enough to think logically about such questions. "What do you want to be?" they would ask. "What is next?" These are common questions in my country. I assume there are many different reasons adults ask children these questions. For example, people might want to revisit the ambition, goals, and wishes they had for their own life plan through children's answers. In turn, my Korean heritage makes me question my direction as an artist and an individual, especially after I came to the USA. What are my ambitions? How can I achieve them? What is their personal significance? One of the characteristics that makes the human experience so unique is that we all share a longing for personal enrichment. The search for individual fulfillment is a deep-rooted pursuit within all of us and is not only approached in a variety of ways but also is a pursuit of various means of accomplishment. No matter how significant or superficial one's ambition might be, the presence of aspiration beckons us as humans to somehow claim or further carve out our own understanding of ourselves within our lifetime. Although there is much attention and sensitivity toward the things that make us very different from one another, an undeniable connection exists among us in that we desire something better for ourselves, and to find it we will try every possible approach toward achieving a certain goal. This act can seem like climbing steps. All of us are trying to climb higher, step by step, until we reach satisfaction. This impulse is the impetus within my thesis work that visually communicates the spiritual essence of human ambition. To tell these phenomena, I will incorporate my personal experiences and my Korean heritage into my thesis to allow me to show my point of view.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Glass sculpture--Themes, motives; Glass sculpture--Technique; Ambition
Fine Arts Studio (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Choi, Eunsuh, "The Internal expression of the phenomenon of human aspiration" (2010). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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