Baobab Tree, 2018

Jaewook CHOI (b. 1972, Korea)


Jaewook CHOI


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

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)

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