2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition
Ji Young Lim
In the Moment
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
Time has always enchanted me. I found myself obsessing over the concepts of time and thinking about my past, present, and future. I was at a time of transition and at an end of my Wellesley College career. I found myself drowning and longing for the past and terrified of the uncertainty of the future. I found myself at a race against time just yearning for a break, a pause, a breath.
This installation is both representative of the weight of time and of a break in time. It is an interactive space. The viewer is allowed to become part of the hourglass standing at the bottom representing their own past and history through their physical presence. It depicts the infinite space of time and a stillness that provides a space for a breath. It is an intimate space where one can become aware of one’s physical presence and of the infinite entity of time.
This is a closing to my time at Wellesley College. It is my ode to my fellow women who are struggling with the race against time. There is no winning, just accepting and being.
Time keeps moving through the tough and through the good. It does indeed heal all wounds and it does indeed make you treasure the fleeting moments of joy. I have gained a larger and healthier perspective of time and have this past year to thank. I no longer look forward to the future with fear, but with excitement with what the future has to offer me. The possibilities are infinite.
Out of Alice’s Cupboard
Imaginary worlds exist within our minds. Music, painting, film making, writing, are all means of pulling them into the sensual world, in order for us to escape our reality and to experience. I consider daily how to bridge the gaps between these imaginary worlds and day-to-day life.
Throughout the year I explored the architectural elements that would de-root us from reality and allow us to escape. I aimed to create a setting that actualized another world in which we are the visitors. The result, is a cabinet of curiosity; an accumulation of objects belonging to an alternate reality.
By closely interacting with these objects as single pieces, or as parts of a whole, a window is opened to the intricacies of another world. The objects are all very fragile, almost untouchable. In this world, objects manifest themselves. There is no creator. They are formed by living elements, naturally coming together.
When making the objects, I did not work from a sketch, or plan. I simply worked with materials, my minds eye guiding the process. Allowing the objects to manifest themselves within our world.
I began to notice certain repeated tendencies, such as the shape of a pentagon. The structure became a building block for some of the objects. I did not measure and cut pieces of material, rather placed them where they felt comfortable. This process created a series of beautifully distorted intricate objects belonging to a world of fantasy.