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Abstract images combine my works. Therefore, they can be interpreted in various ways and it is very interesting. Seeing my artworks from a totally different point of view is a refreshing experience.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
Mostly not. We can appreciate other’ pieces of art in our own studio due to advanced technology and we can influence their work. Still each jeweller expresses his or her background and cultural basis through works of art. Language is not enough to explain how it happens clearly. Let’s take an example. I have used Korean traditional paper for works, but it does not fully explain my identity as a Korean artist. I mean that an artist’s identity is not represented by concrete factors such as material or technique. The true identity is formed in a more abstract way when it is reflected in pieces. Whether the jeweller is conscious of his or her local and cultural backgrounds, they are revealed in work, which attracts me.
What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
Abstract images combine my works. Therefore, they can be interpreted in various ways and it is very interesting. Seeing my artworks from a totally different point of view is a refreshing experience. People present diverse opinions on a single piece, and I want to talk and communicate with them.
Exhibition view. Space duru. Heejoo Kim Solo exhibition Fifth Season, 2011
Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
Generally I work on jewellery. Being a student, I would work on larger objets like a table. Now I focus on jewellery. Jewellery itself is a great objet being alone, and it is also outstanding when it is worn on one’s body. They seem to communicate with wearers nonverbally and it draws me.
The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
Kawabata Yasunari’s ‘Snow Country (Yukiguni)’. When I read the novel, I could feel calmness of pure white, vitality of earth, strong red, coldness, hotness, and silence described in it. The book gave me wonderful experience.
A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
I love libraries. A library is a treasure trove stimulating me whenever I visit. I am fascinated by an immense amount of knowledge and stories there, and people in the library also interest me. I like to guess who they are and what they think observing what they read.
Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
Anish Kapoor is very impressive with his resonant abstract language. I’m always deeply moved by his work.
What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
The latest work, because it is closest to what I follow ultimately. Sometimes old pieces give me satisfaction as I feel and realize what I didn’t then.
Heejoo Kim, Brooch, 2015, Untitled, From series: Tactile Void, Enameled copper, 9.5 x 4.5 x 13.5 cm
Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I read the magazines often, and also refer to websites including Klimt02 to see what is happening in the jewellery field. It is nice to get new information and read articles from gallery owners, artists, and critics through the websites.
Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
Absolutely. I value those who can view my works objectively and exchange true opinions with me.
What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?, What do you expect for?
Future is a synonym for hope for me. I want to realize successfully what I am planning and to be a valuable person with such precious experiences.
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