Spring 2017 Graduate Showcase
Layer, 2016, Ximao "Derek" Miao, MFA
Congratulations to our Spring 2017 MFA-JEM graduates!
Dive into their thesis statements and body of work below, and be sure to check out Klimt02's Master Degree Show 2017 which also feature the alumni!
Chih Jou “Yolanda” Chiu
Contrast | Conflicts | Contradiction
My parents and I have been in conflict for a long time. This struggle originates from the stark contrast between my westernized thoughts and my parents’ traditional Chinese customs. I am eager for freedom, but my identity as an Asian female comes with restrictions. These circumstances led me to choose dolls as the theme of my MFA thesis. Dolls epitomize the owner’s control; the doll is an object that the “mother” can manipulate. The doll has no real identity but is at the mercy of this “mother.” I use this theme in my art to represent myself. In creating my own dolls, I regain authority over this process of identity construction, all while symbolically conveying the manipulation of the character.
Cong “Beki” Sun
Split & Merge
I want to contrast traditional and contemporary styles to illustrate my own inner reflection, the complete me. My pieces show not only the combination of different material and new techniques, but also the growth that I have experienced. I’ve always loved vintage and traditional styles alongside elegant geometry. I would like to try to merge a very contemporary ambiance with customary techniques and patterns. I want all audiences to be able to see the split between the different styles in my pieces, while also noting the juxtaposition of strong and soft elements.
Shao-Yang “Sean” Chan
For me, scars represent the past. Something that has been used for a long time will have some scars. A scar can be visible or invisible. The visible scars are like physical injury. The invisible scars are the reflection and regret in our mind. Each scar has its own story, and it is like a lesson for our lifetime experiences. At 23 years old, I enlisted in the army, and after two months of training, I was sent to a prison as a security guard. I listened and talked to prisoners about their stories and the remorse that plagued them – the invisible scars. Based on this memory, I developed my thesis project consisting of wearable jewelry and sculpture objects as reminders for myself about the lessons that I have confronted.
Ximao “Derek” Miao
Meditation with Nature
My inspirations come from childhood memories of nature. One of my favorite things as a child was to collect rare pebble stones that I found in the creeks. Pebble stones are now the main element that I present in my thesis project. My art is a meditative process in which I translate how I think and feel about the relationship between human beings and nature. My series of work is comprised of jewelry and sculptures made mostly of natural materials, such as metal, wood, and clay. Additionally, I bring an old Chinese concept of the world into my art – “the dome-like heaven embraces the vast earth.” My goal is to evoke the same meditative feeling and sense of peace that I feel, and hopefully a sense of calm introspection and connection to nature, for others through my work.