Young-Ji Shin


The purpose of this thesis is to explore my personal experience with the reciprocal relationships of the various fields of art. The media of art includes the fine arts, crafts, visual arts, theater, film, music, dance and literature - all genres commonly considered "the arts." These different fields are not isolated in and of themselves but rather have mutual connections amongst them. This thesis elucidates my concept of art as one. A vague fondness for the arts drew me to the Seoul Arts High School in 1987. I had a broad interest in art in general, and did not limit myself to any one field even though I majored in sculpture. During three years of my high school days, I experimented with Western Painting, Traditional Eastern Asian Painting, basic sculpture and design and in other arts related courses that combined music and dance with the visual arts. Loyalty to the fundamentals is what I have considered ideal in art since my high school days. Though "fundamental" cannot be described in a single word, it can be said that the basic underlying theme of art itself is humanity - humanity in reference to everything being created by mankind in any field of art. The meaning "art" comes from the Latin "ars." The Latin word simply defines itself as aesthetic beauty; however, we have expanded that definition to include the fine arts, music, film, dance and literature - all genres commonly considered "The Arts." The arts communicate and interconnect amongst their various fields. For example: a composer may create music for a work of poetry; a choreographer may express himself or herself by using specific music; a literary work may serve as the basis for a theatrical work. These seemingly different fields of arts do not possess clearly defined boundaries but rather interact with each other to communicate reciprocally. Thus, I have considered combining different fields of arts, which include fine arts and other fields of art, to seek the fundamentals of art from the aesthetic point of view. My intent for this thesis explanation was to create a body of large-scale, hand built sculpture inspired by Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor." I used the repetitive and sequential use of forms that provide an auditory sense of feeling by visual unity.

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Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Concertos, piano, orchestra, no. 5, op. 73, E♭ major; Sculpture--Themes, motives

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School of Art (CIAS)


Singer, Alan

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Sheppard, Luvon

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Tannen, Richard


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