About the Book
Think of beans, straws, pins, nails, Velcro, snaps, cable ties, and electric caps. These objects are not normally considered beautiful or valuable. I explore the value of such mundane objects, and discover their hidden beauty through a process of reconfiguration. I pay close attention to the objects and their system of organization in my environment. I bring in new ways of looking at these objects by creating relationships among them.
My work introduces unconventional uses of familiar artifacts into a world full of conventions. By assembling, grouping, clustering, and piling, the simple elements become complex, and give rise to the unexpected. As the wearer approaches my work, their perspectives shift and sudden realizations spark wonder, discovery, tension, joy, and play.
My investigation of creation, innovation, and transformation questions the definition of value, and provides a never-ending field for invention. My cultural, social, environmental surroundings play a prominent role in informing the work. In this written thesis, I document the research, the process, and the body of my work.
Yong Joo Kim, a native of Seoul Korea, received her B.F.A. in Metals and Textile design from Sookmyung Women’s University and her M.F.A. in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is one of the finalists for the 2009 LEAP Award for emerging artists. Her work has been exhibited internationally at numerous museums and galleries including The Society of Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh, PA), The Society of North American Goldsmith (Philadelphia, PA), and Cheong Ju International Craft Biennale (Cheong Ju, Korea). She currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island where she lives and works.