Mixed Media, craft, metal
plastic bag, pure silver, magnet
Green, Yellow, Yellow Green
250 × 240 × 55 mm / 9.84 x 9.44 x 2.16 in.
Republic of Korea
Baobab Tree, 2018
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Jaewook CHOI (b. 1972, Korea)
In the countryside where Choi grew up, she would spread vegetables out onto a mat. The dried food was woven together under the eaves and left for months to dry in the kitchen. If needed, it was trimmed and used for cooking. Nature gave the artist many valuable things, but modern society now offers us frozen meals in disposable containers. Our purchased food goes out in unrecyclable bags that cannot rot alongside the items they contain.
Choi wanted to turn this discarded vinyl into something meaningful. In her artistic process, she first cuts out a specific form and then sews vinyl pieces together into the shape. The finished piece is built from thousands of plastic pieces. As a result, elegant patterns and colors are combined to create something aesthetically and symbolically beautiful.
2002: MDA, Metalwork, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea
1996: BFA, Metalwork & Design, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea
2018: Midas’s Garden-Gold Jewelry, Gallery Baum, Heyri art valley, Korea (group)
2016: Wood-Extended Life, Gallery Vogoze, Seoul, Korea (group)
2012: Daydream, Craft Ahwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)