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Seulgi Kwon: Emerging Artist Award Winner 2014

Award giving  /  10 Dec 2014
Published: 12.12.2014
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AJF announces Korean artist, Seulgi Kwon, as the winner of the 2014 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award. Kwon will receive a $7500 cash award and will have her work featured by Platina Gallery at Handwerksmesse, alongside with the four other finalists of the competition.
 
We are pleased to announce that Seulgi Kwon has been selected to receive the 2014 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award for an emerging jeweler. Kwon was chosen from 123 entries representing 27 countries. She will receive a $7500 cash award, and her work, along with that of the other 4 finalists, will be featured by Platina Gallery at Handwerksmesse, which takes place in Munich in March 2015. Kwon will also receive a one-year professional membership to AJF and will serve as a juror for the 2015 Artist Award competition.

The goal of the AJF Artist Award is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in developing jewelers. This year’s competition was open to art jewelry makers 35 years of age or younger who were not enrolled in a professional training program; submitted work had to have been completed between 2012 and 2014. The jurors were Sooyeon Kim, jewelry artist and winner of the 2013 award; Carin Reinders, director of the Coda Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands; and Karen Rotenberg, founder and director of Alianza Contemporary Craft and a collector of contemporary jewelry. Criteria used in judging were originality, depth of concept, and quality of craftsmanship.

Kwon uses the theme of plant images to express meanings and symbols of memories of her daily life. Plants change their form at each stage of growth: seeds sprout, spread roots, and bloom. This course of change gives rise to unpredictable organisms and organic forms. Kwon’s work actively expresses the organic movements of plants, with their mysterious colors and constantly changing forms, creating texture with the materiality and transparency of silicone. Kwon tries to express the living in her work, so most of her pieces have rich colors and unique shapes. 

Carin Reinders stated, “Seulgi uses silicone, glass, and pigments with great beauty and poetic transparency. The brooch A Soft Rain has the softness and the vulnerability of the first soft and refreshing drops. Deep in the Night gives the awareness of a night in the jungle with the great emerald green stone, glowing in the dark. Seulgi’s work has great poetic power and classical elements, but is constructed in a very contemporary way.” Sooyeon Kim commented, “Because of Seulgi’s deep understanding of silicone as a material, it seems like she has power over the material. This would not be possible without ceaseless study. Her exotic forms and bright colors have a special fascination.” Ms. Rotenberg added, “Seulgi demonstrates an innovative and beautiful use of material; her work is visually compelling.” 

Kwon earned a bachelor’s (2007) and a master’s (2010) of fine arts metalwork and jewelry at Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea. 

About the Organization
 Art Jewelry Forum is a nonprofit organization spreading awareness and increasing appreciation of art jewelry worldwide since 1997. Its diverse community of artists, collectors, critics, educators, galleries, historians, makers, and writers is united by a passion for art jewelry. AJF advocates for art jewelry through an ambitious agenda of education, conversation, and financial support. It commissions critical writing that sets the standard for excellence in the field, and publishes artjewelryforum.org, an Internet resource for original content on art jewelry.

 
Seulgi Kwon. Brooch: Deep in the Night Ⅰ, 2014. Silicone, pigment, thread, glass. 180 x 170 x 60 mm. Awarded at: AJF Award. Seulgi Kwon
Brooch: Deep in the Night Ⅰ, 2014
Silicone, pigment, thread, glass
180 x 170 x 60 mm
Awarded at: AJF Award
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Seulgi Kwon. Brooch: The evolution of defense II, 2013. Silicone, pigment, thread, plastic, brass.. 14 x 11 x 6 cm. Awarded at: AJF Young Artist Award 2014. Seulgi Kwon
Brooch: The evolution of defense II, 2013
Silicone, pigment, thread, plastic, brass.
14 x 11 x 6 cm
Awarded at: AJF Young Artist Award 2014
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Seulgi Kwon. Brooch: A soft rain Ⅰ, 2014. Silicone, pigment, thread, glass. 180 x 170 x 65 mm. Awarded at: AJF Award. Seulgi Kwon
Brooch: A soft rain Ⅰ, 2014
Silicone, pigment, thread, glass
180 x 170 x 65 mm
Awarded at: AJF Award
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