So Young Park interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 02.10.2017
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So Young Park. Brooch: Moon wings, 2017. Oxidized silver, citrine and tourmaline.. 10 x 6 x 2 cm. Photo by: So Young Park. So Young Park
Brooch: Moon wings, 2017
Oxidized silver, citrine and tourmaline.
10 x 6 x 2 cm
Photo by: So Young Park
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Conversation with So Young, knowing about her works are based on personal tragedy and cultural influence to speak about the life and relationship with people. There are no limited boundaries between local and universal influences in my work.
Do you think that jewelry is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
I used to work on sculpture and jewelry. I don’t think all kinds of jewelry are necessary being standardized. Depends on what kind of concept, materials, size of art forms you are considering making the jewelry can be standardized or not. Especially a lot of new materials, non-metals, and found objects are used for making jewelry in these days. My works are based on personal tragedy and cultural influence to speak about the life and relationship with people. There are no limited boundaries between local and universal influences in my work.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
I expect that my works touch people’s feeling, give them some inspiration, make them keep tracking or following my work. When my work is exposed to the public I want to leave clients wanting more and having a desire to continuously collect my work. It’s my pleasure when people recognize my work as a So Young Park’s style and expression. I love seeing people that are motivated by my work. I also expect to receive feedback from many different views about my work. 

Areother areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
The photography. For most of my work, I take the photos myself. I believe that I am the one who understands my work better than any others. I’m excited setting up a background or space for my work and taking a shot exactly the correct angle of my work that I want to show people. However, taking a photo requires many experiences and equipment. I’m still learning. I was lucky, I could have many chances to learn how to take studio pictures from my friends whose major was photography. My Alma mater (Rochester Institute Technology) is famous for photo majors.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
Perfume: The Story of a Murderby Patrick Suskind. Probably I read it more than 5 times.

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
Always inspired me when I visit Storm King sculpture park. I enjoy the arts in nature.

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot? 
Bruno Martinazzi and African art sculpture. When I studied the first Master degree in metal and Jewelry program in Korea, I used to work on human figures on sculpture and Jewelry. Bruno Martinazzi’s works were my first inspiration and, I studied African art.

What piece of work has given you the most satisfaction?
My thesis work ‘Nativity’. When I worked on this piece, it was the transition time and healing time in my life. It was a transaction period from working on human figures to organic plant, sea lives forms. I was looking for a new concept for my work and desired to be changed. That piece has a meaning of purity and reborn to me.

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
Metalsmith, American Craft Magazine, Ornament and social media like Klimt02, Instagram, or FaceBook.

Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
Yes, communication with other artists or friends who is not related to jewellery is very important to me. I have a jeweller friends who I talk very often about each other’s work. I do craft shows and I hang out with artists during the show and we take about art, life, and inspiration. And also meet gallery owners at the shows and discuss my work.

What is your first thought when you hear the word Future? What do you expect for? 
When I think about the word Future, the rare, extraordinary, differentiation, and veracity thoughts passed quickly through my mind.
I believe that even if we live in a life full of technology in future, handmade art & craft will still comfort people internally.