Myung Urso

Published: 19.10.2021


The brooches from the series 'Portraits of Now' show the gamut of emotions we have experienced collectively during the Pandemic - they are relatable, approachable, and familiar and show the decades-strong practice of calligraphy of our Member Myung Urso.
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Myung Urso was born in South Korea and currently living and working in the USA as a contemporary jewelry artist. 


My artwork is strongly based on my MFA Fiber Art experience and Calligraphy background which I have been practicing since my youth. Much of my artwork originates from the power of a strong brushstroke, which leads me to be creatively spontaneous. Spontaneity is also a fundamental Korean aesthetic that does not pursue perfection. Through a lifetime of practicing calligraphy, I have been able to gain a way to freely express my inspirations and simplify what I see with lines and forms.

I am intrigued to see how my personal imagination can turn out a real object. Pursuing an idea without preliminary drawing leads to a spontaneous way of tracing unexpected results. My working process is more open toward momentary happenings rather than controlled by the plan. I rather explore and experience new and fresh ideas. My work is an expression of my personal experience, which transfers to an experience for the wearer. Often the art forms go in unexpected directions, such as life. I often witness how different elements play out in their own way, helping to define the destiny of each work. Simplicity in dealing with various textural forms is a playful and joyful approach to the creative process.

These recent jewelry' ("Elevation", "Plateau" series and "Scape") forms are a result of my traveling to the southern part of South Korea where the rocky landscapes and volcanic mountains left an impression on me.  Applying Asian ink and sewing techniques to fabric reflects my very first materials and techniques from when I first started making jewelry. After a decade of jewelry-making experiences, I felt the need to look back to my first starting point as a way to begin my next decade.

About ‘Portraits of this Era’
It's a personal observation about people, especially couples facing the circumstances of a Pandemic. My work generally reflects my personal daily life, though I have to accept the fact that today’s global events influence each individual’s life. Experiencing the Covid-19, I have come to realize that we are globally one people sharing the same social and political challenges.  Simple lines and forms within this series of work also represent complex emotional concepts.

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Exhibition  30 Oct 2021 - 12 Nov 2021  Portraits of Now by Myung Urso.
Exhibition  10 Jun 2021 - 13 Jun 2021  No Attachment.
Exhibition  19 Dec 2020 - 31 Mar 2021  The Palace of Shattered Vessels: Light Catchers.
Exhibition  26 Jul 2019 - 12 Oct 2019  Form & Concept: Six Years of Smitten.
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM.
Exhibition  06 Jul 2019 - 16 Aug 2019  Beyond Ornamental.
Main Street Gallery, Clifton Spring, NY.
Exhibition  26 Jan 2019 - 22 Feb 2019  Rebecca Wilson, Lyndsay Rice and Myung Urso at Alight 2019.
Exhibition  21 Dec 2018 - 21 Dec 2018  Adorning Boston and Beyond: Contemporary Studio Jewelry Then + Now.
Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, MA
Exhibition  21 Dec 2018 - 21 Dec 2018  Velvet da Vinci Pop-up Show.
San Francisco, CA.
Group Exhibition  21 Dec 2018 - 21 Dec 2018  CraftBoston Holiday.
Boston, MA.
Group exhibition  21 Dec 2018 - 21 Dec 2018  Philadelphia Museum Art & Craft Show.
Philadelphia, PA.
Award  14 Dec 2018 - 16 Dec 2018  2018 ‘Best in Show’, CraftBoston Holiday.
Boston, Massachusetts.
Exhibition  03 Aug 2018 - 09 Sep 2018  Wear.
Penland Gallery
Exhibition  04 Aug 2017 - 10 Sep 2017  Focus Exhibition: Wear, Contemporary Jewelry.
Penland Gallery, Ferguson, NC.
Exhibition  18 May 2017 - 06 Jun 2017  The After Joya Effect IV.
Exhibition  05 Apr 2017 - 07 May 2017  Trans-Form by Myung Urso.
Exhibition  01 Nov 2016 - 30 Nov 2016  Philadelphia Museum Art & Craft show.
Philadelphia, PA

Fair  29 Sep 2016 - 01 Oct 2016  JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2016.
Exhibition  29 Sep 2016 - 01 Oct 2016  Selected Artists JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2016.
Exhibition  21 Jul 2016 - 05 Sep 2016  Shaping Memories by Myung Urso.
Pistachios Gallery, Chicago, IL
Exhibition  15 Apr 2016 - 08 May 2016  Earrings3.
Exhibition  07 Jun 2015 - 25 Oct 2015  CODA Paper Art 2015.
CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Fair  23 Apr 2015 - 26 Apr 2015  Smithsonian Craft Show.
Washington, DC
Exhibition  26 Feb 2015 - 01 Mar 2015  Bijoux 2015.
Norton Museum, FL
Exhibiton  04 Feb 2015 - 24 Feb 2015  The Outer Limits.
Facere Gallery, Seattle, WA
Exhibition  30 Nov 2013 - 31 Dec 2013  Exposiçao de Natal.
Exhibition  03 Oct 2012 - 24 Oct 2012  Signs of Life 2012.

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Magazine:  Dual Harmony: Myung Urso. Toporski, KatjaMetalsmith, Society of North American Goldsmiths:  Eugene,  2018
Vol. 38. NO.3, 2018
Book:  JOYA 2016 Catalogue. Le DepartementLe Departement:  Barcelona,  2016
Catalogue:  SOFA Chicago. 2014
Book:  Showcase 500 Art Necklaces. Lark Books:  USA,  2013
Book:  500 Rings. Lark Books:  USA,  2011
Book:  Paper Jewellry. Sarah KellyA & C Black:  U.K,  2011
Magazine:  Slow Germination, Sudden Blossoming. USA,  2011
Magazine:  Jewelry Artist Myung Urso Creates Simple, Asian-inspired Pieces. 2011
Her Rochester- Democratic & Chronicles, by Stephanie Veale, Rochester NY
Book:  Jewellery Using Textile Techniques. A & C Black Publishers:  U.K,  2009
Catalogue:  SOFA New York. 2009
Book:  Stitched Jewels. 2008
Newspaper:  Forging a Reputation. 2008
Democratic & Chronicles, News Paper, Rochester, NY