"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
What are different forms of sculpture? Kimsooja considers sculptures to be symbolic tools that can help personify relationships in particular environments. Watch the artist's segment, and discuss the relationships she makes between a sculptural object, its environment, the body, and the viewer.
Consider the terms traditional sculpture and social sculpture. What forms might these types of sculpture take? Look at examples of contemporary and historical sculpture. How do they reflect or defy the categories of traditional and social sculpture?
Kimsooja is physically present in many of her projects, and she speaks specifically about using her body to become Needle Woman. How does she do this? Why do you think she chose the metaphor of a needle?
Kimsooja talks about the importance of the bottari (the Korean word for a bundle used to transport belongings or goods) in her work. She also describes her installation at the Crystal Palace as "a bottari of light and sound and reflection." Discuss this metaphor.
Create a video or series of photographic images that describe how you see yourself, in relation to your school, community, city, or country.