Week 11’s artist conversation is with Kathy Yoon. She is completing her last semester at California State University, Long Beach in the Ceramics program. Her show “So Many Me’s” is featured in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery and showcases a plethora of porcelain clay figures.
Upon entering Yoon’s show, viewers can immediately see the pieces created. In the center of the gallery lie a handful of porcelain clay figures about knee high. The clay figures in a way resemble Jack Skellington from “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” In addition, each of her clay figures are positioned in a certain fashion and in a way disfigured. For example, it ranges from a missing eye, decapitated head, a cut wrist, and looks of despair. Each of the figures took about 2 to 3 weeks to make and the overall project was about a year.
With my brief talk with Yoon, she explained to me that her work is inspired by her life experiences. She elucidated that her pieces are related to the emotions of silliness, frustration, depression, sadness, and playfulness. Looking at the show as a whole, her characters all share a tone of sadness.
Overall, I enjoyed Yoon’s show. It is a direct connection of art and what a person feels on a day-to-day basis. I believe any person can view her work and find at least one-clay figure to relate to. I personally relate to the one with its head against the wall, showing a feeling of frustration.