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Hyang-Jin Cho: capstone

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2015

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Cho, Hyang-Jin, artist

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The artist's statement: Interested in creating objects with multiple layers, I have explored the concept of crossing boundaries of two opposing sides and developed a unified space created by the manifold relations among objects. My installation consists of three parts; a figure, a wall piece and vessels. Between the figure and the wall, three pots are placed and arrayed with hanging scrolls with lattice cutouts. The figure with representational facial features and an unbalanced posture contrasts with the abstract form of the wall piece. The wall piece is inspired by the Chinese ancient jade disks which were ceremonial objects of Neolithic culture that symbolized divine power. By composing the jade disks within a rectangular form, I can utilize geometric designs to represent a balanced heavenly realm detached from daily life. Within this installation, the pots increase the space between a figure and the wall. However, they mediate two independent entities metaphorically by adopting the iconography of China's Neolithic pottery. These pots were modeled after vessels that functioned as a guide for the deceased to heaven. The hanging screens also link two sides as well as add architectural depth. By mediating the silent dialogue between human and an ideal world of harmony, reason and order, the pots and screens emphasize their symbolic meaning on crossing boundaries and unifying space.

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2015 Spring.
Colorado State University Art and Art History Department capstone project.
Capstone contains the artist's statement, technical statement, a list of works, and images of works.

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