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Nature’s Breath by Kye-Yeon Son

Exhibition  /  20 Mar 2015  -  12 Apr 2015
Published: 02.03.2015
Kye-Yeon Son. Brooch: Innate Gesture, 2015. Steel, enamel. 9 x 5.5 x 2cm. Photo by: Kye-Yeon Son. Kye-Yeon Son
Brooch: Innate Gesture, 2015
Steel, enamel
9 x 5.5 x 2cm
Photo by: Kye-Yeon Son
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Intro
The exhibition includes sculpture and jewellery crafted in silver, copper and steel enamel by Kye-Yeon Son. Approximately fifty new works will grace the walls and display cases of the Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, from March 20 to April 12, 2015.

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Kye-Yeon Son
"Elegant, calm, dynamic, restrained power, intense and quiet – all these terms have been used to describe the work of Kye Yeon Son."
- Susan Hanrahan, executive director, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council

Born in South Korea, after earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in Seoul and a master’s of fine arts from the University of Indiana, Bloomington, Kye-Seon Son eventually turned to jewellery and metalwork. Fascinated by metal, she wished to understand, manipulate and hammer it, while becoming familiar with the elements that form it. During the several years that Son spent in Montreal, Lois Etherington Betteridge, the renowned Canadian metalsmith, became her mentor, after which she was invited by Pamela Ritchie, teacher and head of the Craft division at NSCAD University, to teach at that institution. Twenty years later, Son continues to teach with enthusiasm and dedication, conveying to students her love of metalwork. Kye-Yeon Son won the 2011 Saidye Bronfman Award, one of the prestigious Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts!

 "The inherent physical characteristics of fine steel wire allow me to explore various delicate structures interplaying positive and negative spaces while creating volume, textures, space, colour, light and shadow in vessels and jewellery." Kye-Yeon Son.

The body of work presented at the gallery brings together sculptures and brooches made from metallic wire, which the artist meticulously solders together to create forms and volumes inspired by the Nova Scotia  winterscapes around her. Paradoxically, in spite of the great precision and patience required by this technique, Son’s approach to movement and gesture resembles that of a painter. Looking at Son’s delicately enamelled creations, the viewer no longer sees meticulous and painstaking effort, but instead, experiences a moment of reflection and serenity about the rhythms of life.
 
Kye-Yeon Son. Brooch: Calm after snow, 2015. Steel, enamel. 6 x 4.8 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Kye-Yeon Son. Kye-Yeon Son
Brooch: Calm after snow, 2015
Steel, enamel
6 x 4.8 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Kye-Yeon Son
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Kye-Yeon Son. Sculpture: Embracing, 2015. Steel, enamel. 38 x 50 x 20cm. Photo by: Kye-Yeon Son. Kye-Yeon Son
Sculpture: Embracing, 2015
Steel, enamel
38 x 50 x 20cm
Photo by: Kye-Yeon Son
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Kye-Yeon Son. Sculpture: Winter Lanscape 1, 2014. Steel, enamel. 42 x 54 x 20cm. Photo by: Kye-Yeon Son. Kye-Yeon Son
Sculpture: Winter Lanscape 1, 2014
Steel, enamel
42 x 54 x 20cm
Photo by: Kye-Yeon Son
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Kye-Yeon Son. Sculpture: Winter Landscape 2, 2014. Steel, enamel. 38 x 53 x 18cm. Photo by: Kye-Yeon Son. Kye-Yeon Son
Sculpture: Winter Landscape 2, 2014
Steel, enamel
38 x 53 x 18cm
Photo by: Kye-Yeon Son
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