On the Edge

by Kim, Hak Kyun

Abstract (Summary)
My work is based on my continual fascination with the vessel. Stemming from its literal and conceptual uses: vessels serve, they preserve, they beautify, offer, invite, hold, hide, reveal, and present. With this concept, my work attempts to create new forms which are the vessels themselves and a myriad of possible relationships through different arrangements. To achieve these literal and conceptual uses of vessels, I paid special attention to placement and composition. I made tableware forms such as plates, cups, and mugs, setting them up into two metaphorical categories: Before Serving and After Serving. In the introduction, I will talk about the main motifs present in my work and the background of my work which will illustrate my transitions from 1997 to present. Then I will talk about the goal and objectives of this study. In the main body of this thesis paper, I will talk about conceptual and visual influences from some ancient art works in Korea and Japan such as Full Moon Jar, Kizaemon Tea-Bowl and Wabi Sabi, and contemporary ceramic artists, such as Gwyn Hessen and David Kimball Anderson. These influences support my aesthetic: asymmetry, simplicity, quietness, placement, mutual response and other aspects of interest used in my research. In the last part of this thesis paper, I will describe my considerations and accomplishments in process and explain the individual works.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Beth Lo

School:The University of Montana

School Location:USA - Montana

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:fine arts


Date of Publication:08/06/2008

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