Minkyu Lee


This MFA Thesis is based on the aesthetic philosophy that all forms and structures are essentially made from cubes. This premise has inspired and shaped my explorations over the last two years of graduate study. Shape and meaning of ‘cubes’ can be simplified to the smallest molecular units of objects. The geometric forms I construct reflect this. I have mostly created vessel-oriented forms, but now I find that I can also make sculptures that reflect the same point of view. The shape of the earth is a theme and inspiration for this thesis project. Craters, which show their inner side, are expressive. Landscapes, which are usually more organic than geometric or symmetric, correlated to the outer shape of my work. This outer shape contains craters. The geometry expressed inside the craters contrasts with the spontaneity of the outside shape. The use of contrasting colors is also an important factor in my work. An example is the use of gold on the geometric surface because of its metaphorical meaning of preciousness. In terms of material and technique, I’d like to keep every possibility open, from cone 10 to cold finishing, from slip casting to hand building and wheel throwing. That way, the fabrication of each individual piece is based on its essential characteristics. This concept will also add visual variety across the entire collection of work.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Ceramic sculpture--Themes, motives; Ceramic sculpture--Technique; Cube in art

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School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Tannen, Rich

Advisor/Committee Member

Rogers, Michael

Advisor/Committee Member

Galloway, Julia


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