“One of the characteristics that make the human experience such a unique one is that we all share a longing for personal enrichment. The search for individual fulfillment is a deep-seeded pursuit within all of us and is not only approached in a variety of ways, but is also a pursuit of various means of accomplishment. No matter how significant or superficial one’s ambition might be, it is the presence of aspiration that beckons us as humans to somehow claim or further carve out our own understanding of ourselves within our lifetime. Although there is much attention and sensitivity towards the things that make us as humans very different from one another, there is an undeniable connection amidst all of us in that we all desire something better for ourselves. This impulse is the impetus within my sculptural work, work that visually communicates the spiritual essence of human ambition.
My work specifically focuses on communicating the graceful flow of our emotional tendencies through the plastic medium of flameworked glass. I like to work sculpturally, utilizing form and its surrounding atmosphere to portray narratives based on the human encounter with success and failure in the pursuit of personal ambition.
I’m interested in portraying the human aspiration in life with organic forms from the new perspective I had about myself within a foreign country. Originally from Korea, I relocated to the United States. My Korean heritage tends to make me ask about myself in terms of my direction as an artist and an individual especially after I came to the USA. What are my ambitions, how can I achieve these, and what is the personal significance? As a foreigner and woman, sometimes I have a limitation to attain dreams. To tell these stories as we occasionally have, “How much are we struggling to break the certain limitation to pursue our aspiration and how are we trying to ascend ourselves onto the next strategy to attain our own means of accomplishment.” To address my interest in human aspiration, I like to integrate my personal philosophy and experience incorporating my Korean heritage into the work in an effort to merge my eastern background and my western experiences similar to how we, as humankind, are unified through the sensation of personal ambition.
The structures that I create within recent work resemble objects that the viewer is familiar with and comes across within daily living. Ladder, trees, clouds, boxes and even hybrids of the four appear as reoccurring formal motifs.” – Eunsuh Choi