Artist Spotlight: Soojin Choi, Anonymous Artist Studio Fellow

The Emerging Artist Residency program encompasses two unique fellowships, designed to provide up to four ceramic artists with an opportunity to be in residence for one year at Northern Clay Center, where they can develop their own work, as well as exchange ideas and knowledge with other ceramic artists. 

Soojin Choi is a 2018 Anonymous Artist Studio Fellow. We checked in with her, a third of the way into her residency, to see how things were going in practice. Remember you can apply to be part of the residency program until April 12, 2019. If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact Jill Foote-Hutton, Coordinator of Artist Services & Storytelling at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org

NCC: Would you please share how your expectations of the residency have or haven't changed since you started in September?
SC: My expectation for being at Northern Clay Center as a resident artist was focused on getting some experience with the Minnesota clay community by being part of events and festivals, such as American Pottery Festival, NCECA, and the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour. 

NCC: What are you currently working on in your studio? What new questions have evolved in your research?
SC: From working on installations to sculpture, it is challenging me a lot and I'm really digging into my studio practice. I used to see objects or spaces in a personified way to create reality as a surrealistic moment. I project the existence of human/figure (or myself) on architectural structures to create actuality as a surrealistic moment, but also I want to create a more private moment too. I've been researching the relationship between human existence in space in relation to psychology to find the connection with my new work.

NCC: Are any future goals revealing themselves yet to you? If so, what are they?
SC: For now, getting an artist visa is the goal (haha) but for the art career goal, I wish I could get the opportunity to do an installation show with my new style of work.

NCC: How are you managing a balance between the opportunity the residency is providing and a day job?
SC: I don't have a day job, because developing my art career is more important to me right now.

NCC: What is the most surprising plus about the residency at NCC and how are you using it to your advantage?
SC: Most of artists in the residency are lovely and nice! I'm new to the city and didn't know anyone in the area, but I feel warm-heartedness from them, which surprised me a lot (maybe I lived in East Coast before, haha). They have helped me to feel comfortable, easily and early into the residency.

NCC: What has been the most unexpected challenge at NCC and how are you devising solutions to make an effective plan to overcome the challenge?
SC: To document the sculpture work! There is no white wall in Northern Clay Center. I heard so much information from you before coming to NCC about the wood shop, studio space, etc so I could plan what I was going to do during the residency time; but I didn't expect to find these beautiful and colorful walls in NCC, haha.