So Young Park
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So Young Park’s contemporary jewelry forms and theory are inspired
from her thesis, Nativity and memories from her childhood. She grew
up near the ocean in southern part South Korea. So Young used to
play with sea life and plants and collected many different kinds of
shells and pebbles. She loved touching and observing the surface
texture and pattern of shells and various naturally shaped pebbles
during her happy childhood.
As So Young grew, she had several tragic experiences involving the
death of her friends. She suffered a long time and her view of life
and death dramatically grew different from many other people.
Through her thesis works, she found that human life and plant life
have similar growth and life characteristics. From an atheistic
point view, nature reveals the beauty of the eternal cycles of life,
like how rebirth transcends the tragedy of death. In order to bear
fruit, plants must progress through many stages of life. During this
process different parts of the plants body are required to be
sacrificed for the fruit. However, this sacrifice does not signify
the end of life, but gives birth to new life. In doing so, this
process creates the eternal cycle of life. Her thesis pieces express
desire, hope, and the power of life through organic plant forms,
that are artistically rendered in a simplistic, geometric, and
Her jewelry art forms are assembled through the harmonic use of
wires, tiny discs, engraved patterns, and textures forged of gold or
silver, creating elegant, yet unusual visual forms. The use of
wires, small discs, textures, and other small elements represent the
single cells that makeup all life. Each piece contributes to long
and painful process to create a beautiful and unusual art forms.
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