Advisor: Wolfthal, Diane B.
Dissertation: “Muslim, African, and Native American Bodies in Northern European Homes: Constructing the Foreign Other through the Use of Furnishings, 1500–1700”
Dasol Kim investigates in her doctoral dissertation, “Muslim, African, and Native American Bodies in Northern European Homes: Constructing the Foreign Other through the Use of Furnishings, 1500–1700,” the European production and reception of sculpture and applied arts that depict human figures with exotic references. She focuses on small metalwork made or collected in German-speaking regions and the Netherlands between 1500 and 1700. Considering that these objects were produced and commissioned not only in domestic but also in international markets, her thesis will include Northern Italian workshops and patrons from Scandinavia and England. She also plans to compare the metalwork with prints or with furniture made of wood, marble, glass, and ivory to study how the iconography was re-contextualized across media. Dasol’s article on the sensory experience of a sixteenth-century candlestick will be published in Das Mittelalter in winter 2020. She studied at Humboldt University in Berlin in 2019 through the exchange program supported by her department.
Before entering Rice, she received an MA and a BA with summa cum laude in Art history from Seoul National University. Her interest in the role of different religious and regional groups in European art begins with her master’s thesis that studies Albrecht Altdorfer’s Rest on the Flight into Egypt in the context of Christian-Jewish relationship in the Holy Roman Empire. Dasol plans to develop this into a project on the visual culture of baptism, Anabaptism, and Jewish and Christian rituals.