My thesis draws inspiration from three distinct sources - the functional aspect of an object providing sensual experience, the sculptural quality produced by a personal aesthetic and technical consideration from the maker's perspective. My creative process involves finding a balance between these three considerations. The choice of wood as the primary material plays a decisive role in providing the sensual experience and visual effect for the work. Smooth wooden surfaces provide sensory enjoyment and warmth, especially on types of furniture that involve intimate body contact such as a chair, bench, or even stair railing. This kind of distinctly human interaction naturally leads me to associate wood with human skin. Additionally, the forms that I create with wood relate to my interest in the beauty of the human body and the significance of human musculature. The study based on these qualities became abstracted organic forms resulting from the consideration of a construction strategy and possible uses of the form. In the process of creating these organic forms using wood as the building material, I encountered various technical challenges. The problem solving process began with researching existing construction methods while considering the best way to achieve both rigidity and practicality. Consideration also had to be given to the most efficient use of the material. During the making process, as I interacted with each piece, constant intuitive decision- making and improvisation provided unexpected discoveries that were based on my personality and personal experience. Through this process, the unexposed yet undeniable parts of myself were revealed.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Furniture design--Themes, motives; Furniture design--Technique; Human figure in art
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Park, Keun, "Human figure of furniture" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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