Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Lesley Baker

Second Advisor

Yoko Ineou


What lies beneath the surface of vessels? This captivating thesis explores the hidden world within, drawing inspiration from traditional Korean ceramics and employing coil-built sculptures. By focusing on the hollowness of vessels, this study unveils their profound interconnectedness and inherent uniqueness.

Through spontaneous stacking of claylike glazes and textured elements, the artwork reveals mysterious processes and transformations within these vessels. Exposing the intricacies of hollow spaces, viewers are invited to contemplate the mesmerizing realms concealed within.

Intertwining elements of Korean heritagewith intricate structures, this artistic endeavor

sheds light on the hidden and challenges preconceived notions of everyday existence. The work transcends the tangible, materializing intangible aspects of life that shape our beliefs and perceptions.

Engaging with these evocative sculptures awakens curiosity and wonder, fostering a deeper appreciation for the complexities of our world. By peering into vessel depths, connections are forged, and the beauty beyond ordinary perception is uncovered.

Join the unraveling of mysteries, embrace the transformative power of vessels, and embark on a profound exploration of interconnectivity. This thesis invites you to delve into the hidden, question assumptions, and discover the boundless possibilities within the vessels of our shared human experience..


View exhibition online: Yi Young Kim, Curiosity beyond the hidden



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