Baobab Tree, 2018

Jaewook CHOI (b. 1972, Korea)

artist

Jaewook CHOI

media

Mixed Media, craft, metal

Materials

plastic bag, pure silver, magnet

color

Green, Yellow, Yellow Green

Dimensions

250 × 240 × 55 mm / 9.84 x 9.44 x 2.16 in.

size

Small

region

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.

 

EDUCATION

 

2002: MDA, Metalwork, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea

1996: BFA, Metalwork & Design, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea

 

EXHIBITION

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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