This thesis explores the relationship between human emotion and physical expression. The ultimate objective is to communicate essential aspects of the human condition in order to improve understanding and appreciation of our common attributes. In this way, this study is intended to establish artistic identity of the human being through imaginative expressions. In the introduction, essential aspects of specific human emotions and the corresponding physical expressions will be identified. For my initial research, I studied the work of various inspiring artists in their portrayal of human emotions. I attempted to identify the expressions and techniques they used to communicate human emotions clearly through their art. Next I classified the work according to subjects, effects, and types. I examined the materials and techniques used in order to find the balance between materials, artistic styles, and forms and to gather ideas for originality. Finally, I considered possibilities for composition making optimal use of space and material to construct the functional and aesthetic parts. Maintaining a focus on my main concept was helpful in achieving a pleasing unification of the functional and aesthetic aspects of each piece. Through creative expression, this study will benefit not only making works but also regaining the identity of human consciousness by the resourceful arts and culture. Based on the initial conception, expression of human motion will be exposed to the mind and emotion of humans through philosophical and conceptual observations. Our common human identity can be revealed and communicated through the process to realize this vision. I hope this project needs to make the utmost use of our experimental expression.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Art metal-work--Themes, motives; Art metal-work--Technique; Wood sculpture--Themes, motives; Wood sculpture--Technique; Emotions in art; Human mechanics--Pictorial works
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Han, Jiwon, "Emotion in motion: A Study on representation of sculpture and body form by the theme of human emotion in motion" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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