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College of Arts and Sciences

So Jeong Lim

Class of 2020

 So Jeong Lim

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

What is your College Scholar project? 
My project focuses on the role of visual language in transmitting trauma across cultural and linguistic barriers. Growing up in between disparate cultures, I became interested in the limitation of words. Languages carry the values and history of the culture in which they are used, and the rift between cultures is often too vast for the words with their underlying nuances to effectively transverse. However, this problem is inherent in language itself—the process of verbalizing into a linear, structural form reduces thoughts. I think the power of images lies in bypassing such issue, and it serves as a powerful tool for disenfranchised or persecuted peoples to fight erasure. I plan to investigate the intersection of literary and visual languages in order to listen to such voices. 

What are your most important extra-curricular activities? 
I want to make art more accessible for everyone, and for that reason I find working at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum on campus immensely fulfilling. It is a great privilege and thrill to get to directly handle works of art. The museum is a useful educational tool for any and all disciplines, and it is great pleasure knowing that I can contribute to such process. I am also involved in a research group investigating Watermarks in Rembrandt’s Etchings. Our ultimate goal is to create a software that provides a definitive watermark identification tool establishing a chronology of Rembrandt’s prints. I see the project also as an act of translation from dense scholarship to an accessible, user-friendly interface. It is also exciting to work with people in different fields and speak across disciplines. 

What do you dream of doing after graduation?  
I want to work as a museum curator. A compelling exhibition uses both words and images effectively.