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I would like to show the various thoughts through the jewelry, including new rules and orders from the dismantling and reconstruction. Youngji Chi interviewed by Klimit02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 28.01.2020
Youngji Chi Youngji Chi
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Youngji Chi. Brooch: Bubble, 2019. Aluminium, cupro-nickel, colored wood.. 8.5 x 12 x 0.8 cm. Youngji Chi
Brooch: Bubble, 2019
Aluminium, cupro-nickel, colored wood.
8.5 x 12 x 0.8 cm
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Intro
Technology may be important as it can be a tool to express what I want to make, but it can be a poison. These days, I cannot get any deep impression from perfect jewelry or object as I expected. I also feel the more time I spend on making my piece and the more sophisticated I become in technique aspect, I feel that the original creative intentions are blurred.
What's local and universal in your artistic work? 
When I go to the international jewelry fairs, I often hear the expression delicate.
As I concentrate more on perfection compared to Western artists, and unique moderation of Asian must have given such feeling. I cannot deny it, but basically, I would like to show the various thoughts through the jewelry, including new rules and orders from the dismantling and reconstruction.


What do you expect when you show your work to the public (for example, with an exhibition)?
Creating a stronger sense of unity than words via my works and to connect with their intimate emotion.


How important is handmade for you in your development?
As the sense of hands is different from time to time, the sensibility of the hand gets included in the work, thus even mistakes look like beautiful elements. I have more design thinking than craft, but I start to like hand works unreasonably based on the time frame.


What role does technics and technology play in your development?
Technology may be important as it can be a tool to express what I want to make, but it can be a poison. These days, I cannot get any deep impression from perfect jewelry or object as I expected. I also feel the more time I spend on making my piece and the more sophisticated I become in technique aspect, I feel that the original creative intentions are blurred. The lack of skills from some degrees is no longer considered as a big problem.


When you start making a new piece what is your process? How much of it is a pre-formulated plan and how much do you let the material spontaneity lead you?
Sometimes, I wish the material to lead me and exclude rationality and willingness. This is because the property of matter itself provides great ideas. I want my primitive sense to be brought up through the material, but I tend to be more rational at the last stage of the work. I think this is due to the lack of technique or the obsession on trying to finish the piece perfectly, so I am always trying to get over it.


Are there any other areas besides the jewels present in your work?
Enamelling, Crochet, Wood painting.
They help me to understand better the artistic expression of the color and texture.


How important is wearability in contemporary jewellery? And in your pieces?
I think it’s very important. Considering wearability and wearing by people is the advantage and attractive element of the jewelry. My work has not been avant-garde style, so it maintains good wearability, but even if it changes in the future, I will keep wearability as an important aspect.


The last work, book, film, city that moved me was...
As a travel lover, my latest destination, Barcelona, It was better than I thought and its well-known city. Because the artistic sensibility filled the whole city. I was greatly inspired by Barcelona's artistic vibe such as the wonderful graffiti around the city, which brought me a sense of humanity.


What/who is the biggest influence in your career?
The biggest influence on me is the family vibe since I was born.
I think my positive energy has the greatest influence on me.


Which piece or job gave you more satisfaction?
I especially like my pop-up bubble series, because I enjoy the process of turning the 2D metal sheets into 3D effects by working on each element, the scene was like the pop-up effect


What is your source to get information?
Observing the people around me and thinking what’s happening in life, every little detail inspires me, as well as other beautiful things and browsing on Instagram.


Considering the experiences you have had over the years - if you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice for the start-up phase, what would that be?
Opening the door and boldly going out to introduce yourself. There must be some people appreciating your senses. I hope you share energy with them and find the great value of life.


Can you describe your personality in 3 words, describe your work in 3 words.
I value intuition, enjoy thinking and try to show them through my works.
 
Youngji Chi. Brooch: Bubble, 2019. Pure silver, sterling silver, enamel, colored wood. 8.2 x 5 x 0.8 cm. Youngji Chi
Brooch: Bubble, 2019
Pure silver, sterling silver, enamel, colored wood
8.2 x 5 x 0.8 cm
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