Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Patricia Johnson

Second Advisor

Nathaniel Smith


We record our daily life, our daily emotions. But maybe we lie to ourselves. Or our expression is a kind of hope: what we want to look like or want others to think we are like. Unfortunately, it’s usually not our natural appearance, not the honest thoughts in our hearts. Maybe we don’t understand ourselves.

I like to record my dreams. In the dream world, sometimes I relax, sometimes nervous, and unconsciously wander around. That is the real me. In my unconscious dream state, I identify myself, know myself, again and again. I can live in peace with a world that is alien to me.

Most of the plots in our dreams are messy and illogical. Sometimes a dream can jump directly from one scenario to another, with a very rigid transition. Dreams are never a coherent story. But each dream will have a mainline, like someone dreaming of finding the exit, a moment to go here and there, to places that seem illogical.

The furniture I make may not look like pieces of furniture. They may be a bush of mushrooms, a tulip, a flock of lambs, but they are also really pieces of furniture--or I don’t mind what the user thinks they are.


View exhibition online: Youtian Duan, What Do I See Between 2 to 8 O'Clock



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