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Sooyoung Kim

"I am interested in the phenomenon of the vitality of nature, and have examined ways to express this in my work. I sought to not only address the superficial substance of nature, but to express the values and nobility of life that is hidden."

Adopting the vitality of nature as a major motif, Sooyoung Kim's jewelry serves to express this idea in a tangible form. In her quest to capture this in her work, the artist adopts natural imagery from cacti, wildflowers, weeds and dandelion spores. With elaborate design and fine craftsmanship, she brings her pieces to life.

Sooyoung Kim first forms silver sheets into the desired shapes by hammering, and then adds textures by chasing. She uses groups of wires to imitate cacti spines, and layers of silver petals to create flowers. Creating a spectrum of surface colors with patination, the artist transforms the metal into the forms of nature.

Sooyoung Kim finished her BFA in Metal Craft in South Korea and in 2008, graduated with an MFA in Metals from RIT. She currently runs her studio in New Jersey.

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Starry Night Necklace
Silver & Stone Necklace
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 400
Lotus Seed Pod Brooch
Gold, Silver & Pearl Brooch
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 800
Flower Tassel Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 300
Beauty Inside Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 960
Ferocactus Necklace with...
Silver & Stone Necklace
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 720
Strombo Cactus Necklace
Gold, Silver & Pearl Necklace
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 1,500
Threaded Lantern Plant...
Silver & Stone Earrings
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 600
Lotus Seed Pod Earrings
Gold, Silver & Pearl Earrings
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 420
Beauty Inside Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 400
Substerile Earrings in...
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 500
Seed Pod Necklace
Silver & Stone Necklace
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 960
Lantern Plant Earrings...
Silver & Stone Earrings
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 420
Small Lantern Plant...
Silver & Stone Earrings
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 380
Opuntia Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 320
Lantern Plant Necklace...
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 320
Tacinga Necklace
Silver & Pearl Necklace
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 290
Stream of Life
Silver & Pearl Necklace
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 350
Tacinga Earrings
Silver & Pearl Earrings
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 260
Asterias Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 260
Ferrarii Earrings
Silver & Pearl Earrings
by Sooyoung Kim
$ 260
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
2012 Saul Bell Design Award Competition, Albuquerque, NM, Rio Grande, 2012
11th Annual Fine Craft Show, Rochester, NY, Memorial Art Gallery, 2011
Metals Alumni Exhibition, Rochester, NY, Bevier Gallery @ RIT, 2010
NICHE Awards, Philadelphia, PA, Convention Center, 2009