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Kexin Dai

First Year

I received a BA in Art History from UCLA in 2016 and an MA in Art History from Courtauld Institute of Art (London) in 2017. During my time at UCLA, I worked as a research assistant and 3D molder in “Paris Past and Present,” a digital humanities project to reconstruct lost monuments from medieval Paris, during which I developed an interest in the use of digital tools in opening up new research opportunities in art historical/archeological studies. I am particularly interested in religious art and architecture, as well as the movement and metamorphosis, appropriation and re-appropriation of a single visual motif throughout cultural and architectural spaces in Asian Art. Having studied Victorian art and society at Courtauld Institute of Art, I am also interested in 19th-century antiquarianism in visual arts. At ISAW, I plan to continue acquiring relevant knowledge and digital skills to explore the rich religious arts in the Dunhuang Caves and along the Silk Road, which testify to the cross-regional transmission of visual motifs and knowledge.