Moment of Surface
Artist Note / JeongSun Choi
Jewelry express the human desire to be beautiful, a desire more powerful than any other. The diverse forms and designs it takes in the 30 thousand years of history of mankind and jewelry are the traces of human life and imagination. Though the fact that they remain to be a sign of social statue and wealth remains the same, jewelry in modern society seek diversity in terms of material and technique as well as enlarging itself of its value and scope. As this leads to a shift in the trend of focusing on their functional and material value to their conceptual and intellectual value, it seems that there is an active tendency to maximize the sculptural effect of 'art jewelry' through experimental processes.
Metal, one of the typical materials for jewelry, has a strong and sharp characteristic but as it harmonizes with the smooth human body, it achieves a height of sense of beauty. The formative agenda of my works is on tuning strong metal with a soft and elastic material. I focus on the fact that 70% of the human body is of water and moisture and that it envelops the smooth skin. The ancient Greek philosopher of BC 6th century, Thales, projected monism, arguing that "all other substances are another form of water" and that "water is the basic element of the universe". Water is the one substance that is softer, most irregular, and has the potential for infinite changes and alternation. Because water has no given shape and fluid, we understand its formativeness based on the modeling of instantaneous shapes made by its movement. The clear dewdrops on the grass, the drizzling view outside the window, the rain falling on the transparent window glass, the river that flows under the evening sunset, and other forms of water in the nature awakes my emotions with language of symbols and expressions.
I try to capture the feeling of water creating different shapes and disappearing afterwards, or the image that it leaves after its sway and express the instantaneous changes. The foams created when an object falls onto the water's surface, the 'crown effect' when a waterdrop falls, shapes created by surface tension, the rhythmic movement of the river and many more are my objectives. I express the cluster of water molecules by repetitively placing units of different sizes. All this is expressed through a fluid formative language.
I normally use silver 925 and the elastic nylon fibers to express the fluidity and transparency of water. Nylon fibers have the span characteristic which enables it to sensitively reveal other shapes it is wrapped around, just as it expresses the human flesh. This phenomenon can be compared to the skin wrapped around the fluid water and moisture filled body.
Nylon fibers' elasticity is a very appealing property in formatively expressing water's transparency and its characteristic of always shaping arcs round edges. In my work, nylon fibers do not perfectly exhibit the interior shape but its elasticity and the gap between the fibers create transluscence, which in turn creates a gradation of smooth shapes and overlapping colours and the stylish curved lines and surface create volume. The Moire phenomenon, created by overlapping nylon fibers, associate with water's waves.
In contemporary art, jewelry is diversifying not only in its materials but also in shapes and conceptual aspects. My formative experiments based on water and the property of nylon fibers are not merely molding images of jewelry but extend into experiments of surface strength and various technique research. It provokes imagination and reveals a modern sense of art to find a way of maximizing jewelries' formative and plastic effects as an art form. Through this, I search for "jewelry as art, artistic jewelry", a vitalizing agent in our everyday lives.
0.5second.06, sterling silver, nylon, PVC, acrylic painting, 70x75x45mm, 2010