Sol Jung specializes in Japanese art history, with particular focus on its transnational impact during the premodern period. Her research draws upon intellectual history and history of technology to examine the relationship between art historiography and aesthetics in non-Western contexts, as well as the relationship between collections and art production.
Sol’s dissertation, supervised by Andrew M. Watsky, explores the sixteenth-century inception and reception of Korean tea bowls called kōrai jawan in Japan, through period tea documents, literary texts, and archaeological remains. Fieldwork at several maritime kiln and deposit sites in Korea and Japan informs her research. Her project has been supported by the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies and the Kyujanggak International Center for Korean Studies.
Born in Korea and raised in Japan, Sol received her B.A. with distinction at the University of Pennsylvania, with minors in Philosophy and Chinese Studies. Prior to coming to Princeton, Sol co-founded the Kilburn Art Space, the first contemporary art gallery in a traditional Korean vernacular structure within the Bukchon Hanok Preservation District in Seoul, South Korea. She has presented papers and lectured on premodern Japanese aesthetics, the production and circulation of Korean ceramics, traditional Korean paper-making, and the art of the book. At the Princeton University Art Museum, Sol curated the Asian Art Gallery’s first rotation of Korean ceramics.