Week 11 – Artist Conversation- Kathy Yoon
This week I had the opportunity to see amazing artwork created by Kathy Yoon. Her gallery show was located in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery at CSULB. This was her first solo gallery show. Her art pieces consisted of figures in circular shapes made from clay, yarn, and tissue paper. The uses of colors were white, black, red, blue, and gray. Yoon wanted to incorporate colors so that the art would not look plain, but apply just enough so the color will not distract the viewer from the art piece. The process of making her art pieces were to boil the clay and then coil them, so that she can them mold them into circular shapes. This process took 2-3 weeks long.
Kathy’s art pieces were about different experiences in her life. She described those experiences as happiness, love, and sadness. She wants viewers to get a sense of who the artist is and if they, themselves, could relate to any of the pieces. She got her inspiration from one of her favorite artists, Tim Burton. You can obviously see some resemblance of Kathy’s artwork with Tim’s past work. Her favorite art piece is the heart shaped balloon, because she relates to it the most. It is about an experience when she first found love. She said that the whole experience was very exciting for her.
The moment I walked in to the room I noticed that several of the art pieces were looking down, like if they were sad or depressed. I knew in that moment that the artist was really going for emotion and past life experiences. I was really appalled by the amount of detail that the artist did on the pieces. I also noticed that the art pieces resembled quite a lot to work done by other famous artist. Seeing her work made me want to learn about the artist. My first thoughts of the artist, Kathy are a very cheerful and expressive person.
Kathy Yoon is currently a senior at CSULB. She attended Cypress College and then transferred to CSULB. She is majoring in ceramics and hopes to work in this field in entertainment studios and continue doing fine art galleries. She was drawn to ceramics because she loved building things in 3D, which is quite different than drawing or painting. She has been doing ceramics for about 5 years now. Her hobbies are cooking, reading, going out, and having fun. If you would like to know more about Kathy Yoon, here is a link to her instagram account.https://instagram.com/kathy.c.yoon/