What fascinates me as an artist is how memory is traced through time.
And how, in this way, our inner selves show on our surfaces.
When I see steel rods at a construction site, the rusted skin of the steel
presents a beautiful pattern. This pattern fuses the present moment to
the intimate past that made and shaped the steel. I think of the passing of
time and space, and I am left in a meditative euphoria.
The relationship between the surface and the interior cannot be severed.
I repeatedly ask myself: Who am I? Where have I been? Where am I going?
My aesthetic voice in my ceramic sculptures tries to find answers,
in a delicate, yet crucial blend of traditional Korean surfacing methods
and contemporary objects. This is my endless journey.
Sukjin Choi received a BFA and an MFA in ceramics from Ewha Womans
University in Seoul, South Korea and an MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook
Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Since 2007, she has been
head of the Ceramics program in the School of Art, Design, and Art History
at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and on the Graduate Faculty there since 2008.
Choi has been the recipient of the Visual Arts Fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,
International Artists Exchange Program Grants from the Lighton Foundation and the CVPA Faculty
Summer Research Grant at JMU. She has been awarded several residency fellowships including
European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC), Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands; c.r.e.t.a.rome, Rome, Italy;
Madelta International Artists in Residence (MIAIR), Medicine Hat,Canada; Cowwarr Art Space,
Cowwarr, Australia; A.I.R.Vallauris, Vallauris, France.
Choi has had twenty-five solo exhibitions in the United States, Canada and Korea.
Including at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL,
The 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL, Medalta in the Historic Clay District, Medicine Hat, Canada,
and Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.
She also has been exhibited in and collected by more than 150 museums and galleries throughout Europe,
Asia, and the United States in venues such as Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A Museum), London, England,
Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum, Gwangju-si, Korea, Museo Nacional de la Cerámica y Artes Suntuarias González
Martí, Valencia, Spain, Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny, Ireland, Taller Escuela de Cerámica de Muel,
Zaragoza, Spain, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, UK,Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL, Montgomery
Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS, and LaGrange Art Museum,
LaGrange, GA.
Choi is also a prolific commentator on the field of Ceramics, publishing over one hundred twenty articles
for the Korea Times in Washington DC and Monthly Ceramic Art in Korea. She is a Board Member of
the Cub Creek Ceramic Arts Foundation.