Yuni Kim Lang : Big Red Knots, influenced by traditional red Chinese New Year knots
Yuni Kim Lang is a Michigan-based visual artist who creates sculptures, photographs and wearable art that explores themes of weight, mass, accumulation, hair and cultural identity. She makes sculptures out of rope and synthetic materials where it transcends its materiality and become bodily. She is fascinated by what people give power and meaning to, along with our obsession with adornment.
Recently, Lang was part of the Graduate Degree show at Cranbrook Academy of Art (Master of Fine Arts, 2013). In 2011 she showed her Wearables (Jewelry) at Sculptural Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA), Chicago.
« My inspiration is my story. I spend a lot of time thinking about my cultural identity. Growing up as a third culture kid (TCK), I was a Korean living in China and going to an International school. I was taught Western education at school and Eastern traditions at home »
« I am a visual artist balancing sculpture, photography and conceptual meets wearable art. My work is heavily influenced by my Asian heritage. I think about traditional and cultural symbols and explore their forms and value in our society. I continue to explore the complexity of knots along with the meaning of weight, mass and accumulation. »
« She’s a Parsons graduate (Bachelor of Fine Arts, BFA, 2009) now based in Michigan – Her exhibitions tell the intimate relationship with society and hair, the complexity of knots along with the meaning of weight, mass and accumulation.
She describes her wearable collection as a series of sculptures that hangs on the body as adornments. Tapping into her Asian heritage, she was influenced by traditional red Chinese New Year knots and used various techniques to modernize the familiar. The result was a pool of striking work: dramatic necklaces, both full-length and long, a choker knotted with fringe and distinctive epaulettes. For Yuni, this was just the start, “the wearable collection is an intuitive creating process for me. Once the object, material or technique is chosen, the rest of the creation is formally driven. Only after the collection is made, do I reflect on them to understand why I created them. It sometimes leads me to creating a larger conceptual sculpture of photography work from there.”
The thoughtfulness of her work is that it honors tradition through exaggerated pieces that highlights the icon as a hero. And, aailable for custom and limited runs, she’s keeping her work special. “The beauty of making limited or custom work is that you have the freedom to express and discover something unique. It will most likely not be your everyday piece of jewelry and that’s what’s great about them.” (TheEmergingDesign)