Date of Degree
MFA (Master of Fine Arts)
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
I grow up in in Hong Kong, a city where "reality" is more important than imagination, most of us learn to go after something that is practical and look for a job that will lead to a stable life style, without imagining what they could become, and who they could be.
I left my country when I was 16 years old and landed to the United States when I was 17 by myself, as a high school senior, where I started a new life and Art. For the first time in my life, I realize what I was created to do and who I really am; I then become an undergraduate to complete a degree in art, focus in ceramics. Four years of college, I spend about 14hours per day in the studio; practicing, learning and studying my art and myself, this constantly left me amazed with who I can be; a workaholic who dislike giving up. This allows me to master the behavior of as long as you try hard and ask a harder question to yourself about what is known, you can always overcome things that are unknown to you. And furthermore allows me to understand we are not constrained by rules and regulations, the process of discovering a question is something that ultimately lead me to understand life which not to define it or describe it, is to feel it.
What initiated my pursuit of clay is it helps me feel, clay response to how we treat them in a physical way that no other material will. As a result, I completed a Masters of Art degree in Ceramics and it provided me an understand of the "weights" of materials, through the characteristics of materials; I am able to feel and express the qualities of balance, weight, and connection.
Sure, I am not saying everyone feel the same way, but I am sure we all ask those question sometime, what is the balance in life? The weight of existence? Connection between us? I like my work to be a metaphor of expressing the importance of those complex questions during the pursuit of what is known, what is unknown, and to feel the need of understand and ask harder question.
Ceramics, Creative Writing, Fine Art, Poetry
viii, 30 pages
Copyright 2013 Kwok-Pong Tso
Tso, Kwok-Pong. "Knowing the Unknown." MFA (Master of Fine Arts) thesis, University of Iowa, 2013.