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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Golden Fruit Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 560
$ 476
Simple Flower Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 280
$ 238
Threaded Golden Fruit Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 520
$ 442
Starry Night Necklace
Silver & Stone Necklace

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 400
$ 340
Substerile Earrings in Gold
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 500
$ 425
Small Lantern Plant Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 380
$ 323
Beauty Inside Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 960
$ 816
Strombo Cactus Necklace
Gold, Silver & Pearl Necklace

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Fuchsia Earrings
Silver Earrings

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 240
$ 204
Lotus Seed Pod Earrings
Gold, Silver & Pearl Earrings

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 420
$ 357
Opuntia Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 320
$ 272
Beauty Inside Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 400
$ 340
Substerile Earrings
Silver Earrings

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 420
$ 357
Ferocactus Necklace with Multi Stones
Silver & Stone Necklace

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 720
$ 612
Lantern Plant Earrings with Diamond
Silver & Stone Earrings

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 420
$ 357
Lantern Plant Necklace Gold
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 320
$ 272
Tacinga Necklace
Silver & Pearl Necklace

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 290
$ 246.50
Tacinga Earrings
Silver & Pearl Earrings

by Sooyoung Kim
$ 260
$ 221
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