Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2017

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Author Department/Program

Graduate School of Art

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art

Degree Type



My paintings are based on the concept of liminal space. I am interested in imagined representations of cityscapes and landscapes from my living experience. In my paintings, liminal spaces are expressed by transmitting past experience and the present moment in a way that provides for negotiation and contemplation of the idea of places.

In this thesis, I will discuss influences of oriental art and Abstract Expressionism on my artwork. Most of my paintings are based on photographs when I took for the base of my painting. My artwork is comprised of black and white gestural brushstrokes, which are composed of complicated multiple structures. Dense layering is built on a grid. Through gestural brush making, I am able to depict my unconsciousness relation to the liminality of being in between places.

My artwork in general is based on aspects of oriental and traditional landscape painting. As a method/ideology, I express divided configuration and emphasized emptiness and fullness of space by using an oriental brush painting, which is guided by the tradition of calligraphy. My personal meanings of spaces and the transitional experience between Seoul and Chicago are depicted in my paintings.


English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Thesis Advisor

Richard Krueger

Studio/Primary Advisor

Zlatko Cosic

Studio/Primary Advisor

Jamie Adams

Committee Member

Andrea Stanislav

Committee Member

Andrea Stanislav

Artist's Statement

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