Transmutation of obect

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Title: Transmutation of obect
Author: Lee, Jiyong
Abstract: This thesis is the result of years studying art and design. I felt fortunate to be introduced to glass during the past two years. I spent most of the first year developing ideas, exploring process and avoiding functional and pragmatic issues. Those are important elements for designing an object but thinking about my own unique approach was more important. The other goal of the first year was gaining experience with glass as a new material. Before I started my second year, I recognized concepts that had been recurring in my works for the past few years. I found an inseparable relationship with vessels not as historical objects nor as artistic ones but as daily objects, which are functional and artistic enough for everyday enjoyment. Vessels are daily objects that have a long history that is parallel with human history. They have a variety of values. Some of them are unimaginably fascinating and some are very ordinary. Even though most vessels, like plates, cups, vases and glasses in our homes are not valuable as historical antiques or famous design brands, they are important in our lives. To me, reviewing these objects is thinking back through my life and studying human history. As a sculptor who was a ceramic product designer and potter, I wanted to carefully reconsider humanity through vessels as humble objects. I have attempted to visually display my meditative thoughts through these sculptures that are transposing existence. Through this method I could consider the concept more. Most of the objects I have used in my exhibition were ordinary totally touchable things but by transposing their existences they became untouchable or unusable objects. This main purpose is primarily visual.
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Date: 2001-01

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