Wk 11- Artist Conversation- Kathy Yoon

Within Merlino Gallery at CSULB you can find Kathy Yoon’s showcase. The room is filled with tiny skeleton figures all representing an array of emotions. They were small, about 2 feet tall, and resembled a face much like Jack Skellington, but more cute and cartoonish. The figures were only composed of three colors- red, black, and white- and created this dark and sinister feel to each one while at the same time conveying sincerity through her figures expressions and gestures.


Kathy Yoon is a “super senior” at CSULB and is majoring in ceramics. Yoon began her interviews by telling her audience about the creation of these figures. Each took about 2 to 3 weeks to make and were made mainly out of clay. This was her senior project so it was clear to see how proud she was with her work and  how excited she was to divulge into the meaning behind it. That being said, Yoon stated that each figure was an emotion she felt- anger, frustration, sadness, confusion, deliriousness. It was a representation of how it was like to be a person and states that her goal was to create realism. She surprisingly told us that the figure in the left corner, which was holding a heart balloon, is current feelings at this time in her life. Yet, she says its always hard to pick a favorite because she just loves all of them. As many did assume, Tim Burton is one of her biggest inspirations and was her inspiration for this showcase. Aside from Burton, she also claims her favorite artist is ceramists Beth Cavaner.


I think it was very brave of Kathy to display all her emotions to the public. I guess that is the price that comes with being and artist, to be vulnerable. With that being said, Kathy’s gallery was very interesting to look at because it was as if she picked herself a part and created a puzzle of mini me’s. And I think that is what Kathy Yoon’s intentions were to her audience. Because what I believe Kathy conveyed to me was that despite the composure that some people display, there can be a fluster of emotions going on within that no one may even know about. And that goes for every person, not just herself or I.


Follow Kathy on Instagram  @Kathy.c.yoon


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