Date of Degree
MFA (Master of Fine Arts)
In my whole working, I have always wanted to identify myself through the visualization of images from the ideal thought. The skillful manipulation of physical materials enables my work to reflect the innocent willingness of humanity's struggle to create and achieve. Thus I choose to create work that demands intensive labor and technological excellence, combined with the tradition of Oriental craftsmanship, in its fabrication.
In the 1990s, when I had my first solo exhibition, I was deeply involved with life modeling in a realistic style, exploring and questioning "human" themes like anxiety, pain, self-marginalization and the other.
Since 2000, I have been working on manipulation and transformation of objects and materiality. Solid metal is finally reborn into totally new images after being cut into pieces, welded with electricity, severed with gas, and finally polished. I found that the aggressive involvement of the artists' idea could transform the existing materiality and defy the reputation of metal as rock-hard and cold. The newly appearing or sometimes transformed forms hold another perception different from the old one.
I have developed my artistic identity by establishing my own viewpoint in relation to the labor-intensive fabrication process, while recognizing my position as an activist.
In these days, my interest is wood-work through accumulating pieces with used woods. I still find various thought and image from another work in my working.
Copyright 2010 Younghee Yim
Yim, Younghee. "Finding language for existence." Master's thesis, University of Iowa, 2010.