Artist's Statement

Growing up in South Korea with a strict moral code influenced my interest in using symbols to communicate, as the message is disguised through another language only those that know could understand. My background studies of graphic design further enhanced my knowledge of how to utilize color, line, shape, and form, so that I can manipulate, cut up, and reshape the context of what the viewer is seeing. With clay I find that I am able to create sculpture that remains abstract yet references the human form, which I understand to be complex and exists with many layers composed of histories, experiences and emotions. Through the mash up of 2-D and 3-D work I explore issues relative to my life, including gender binaries, and how memory affects our perception, and conscious decision making.

Jinsik Yoo is a figurative ceramic sculptor from Daejon, South Korea. He received his BFA in graphic design from Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea. He then worked as a graphic designer before returning to Konkuk University as a special graduate student studying ceramics. Yoo then moved to the United States in 2017 to pursue his MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has exhibited and presented nationally and internationally. His studio practice involves translating photographs into paintings, which are then spliced and reassembled into three dimensional forms.



2019     M.F.A, Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

2016     Special Student (Graduate Level), Ceramic art, Konkuk University

2012     B.F.A Communication/Graphic Design, Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea


2020     Instructor, Decorative Tile, Wellsville Creative Art Center, Wellsville, NY
             Resident Artist, Wellsville Creative Art Center, Wellsville, NY

2019      Resident Artist, Wellsville Creative Art Center, Wellsville, NY
2017     Instructor, ‘Big data and social marketing-graphic design class’ Job academy
 (Ministry of Employment and Labor & Human Resources Development Service of Korea)


2019      2019 Artist presentation, Wellsville Creative Art Center, Wellsville, NY
             Clay as Foundation. Museum of Modern Art of Medellin, Colombia.
             Clay as Foundation. Museum of Arqueology, Bogota, Colombia.

2018     10th Ceramic Forum, Grand Valley State University, MI.


2020     NCECA Grand Valley Forum, Richmond, VA - delayed
2019      Juried Clay National V. Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT.
             Gestures. Fosdick‐Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY.
             Kilns of Alfred: Transactions with Fire. Alfred Ceramic Art Museum. Alfred, NY.
             Clay As Foundation. Campos de Gutiérrez, Medellin, Colombia.

2018     Trestle Draw National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts NCECA              
                                  Concurrent Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA.
             Small Scale Bake Shale, NCECA Concurrent Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA.

2016     Konkuk Ceramic Art Exhibition, KCDF (Korea Craft & Design Foundation) 1 gallery
             Seoul, South Korea

2014     Art and Crafts Show, Create Space Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

2010     823 Illustration Group Exhibition, Multi Art Space Ga-Hwa, Seoul, South Korea
             Ga-Hwa Drawing Project 2010, Multi Art Space Ga-Hwa, Seoul, South Korea


2019     Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred, NY
            Museum of Modern Art of Medellin, Colombia.

2014     A Participation Prize, The 50Th National Competition 
             Korean Industrial Artists’ Association

             Incheon City cultural association

             A Juried Prize, The 33rd Seoul Modern Ceramics Competiton
            Seoul Sinmoon Newspaper Co., Ltd