The Art Jewelry Forum (AJF), the nonprofit organization that supports appreciation of art jewelry worldwide, has awarded Seulgi Kwon the 2014 AJF Artist Award.
The award is given to an emerging jeweler who exhibits “poise, innovation, and individuality.”
Since 2000, AJF has been offering an artist award to recognize promise, innovation, and individuality in the work of an emerging jeweler. The AJF Artist Award is awarded to makers of contemporary art jewelry who have completed their academic/professional training and are making new work as part of their post-training career. The winner of the AJF Artist Award receives a $7500 cash prize, will have their work shown at a major international art fair with an AJF gallery supporter, and will give a short lecture. Their work will also be featured in an AJF advertisement.
The 2014 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award (AJFAA) was awarded to Seulgi Kwon
PROUD & HAPPY for her !
« raindrop » of awards from everywhere, last years, on her work :
2013 BKV Prize 2013 « Third Prize », Munich, Germany
2012 Cominelli Foundation 2012 Award « First Prize », Fondazione Cominelli, Italy
2011 BKV Prize 2011, Munich, Germany
2011 Preziosa Young 2011, Florence, Italy
2010 Cominelli Foundation 2010 Award, Fondazione Cominelli, Italy
Seul-Gi Kwon 2014 work – « a soft rain » (detail)
Seulgi Kwon, Deep in the Night 1, 2014, brooch, silicone, pigment, thread, glass, 180 x 170 x 60 cm, photo: artist
Seulgi Kwon, Still Life 1 (alternate view), 2014, ring, silicone, pigment, thread, 90 x 100 x 60 mm, photo: artist
Seulgi Kwon, The Evolution of Defense 1, 2014, silicone, pigment, thread, paper, plastic, 180 x 105 x 70 mm, photo: artist
« We are pleased to announce that Seulgi Kwon has been selected to receive the 2014 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award for an emerging jeweler. Kwon was chosen from 123 entries representing 27 countries. She will receive a $7500 cash award, and her work, along with that of the other 4 finalists, will be featured by Platina Gallery at Handwerksmesse, which takes place in Munich in March 2015. Kwon will also receive a one-year professional membership to AJF and will serve as a juror for the 2015 Artist Award competition.
The goal of the AJF Artist Award is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in developing jewelers. This year’s competition was open to art jewelry makers 35 years of age or younger who were not enrolled in a professional training program; submitted work had to have been completed between 2012 and 2014. The jurors were Sooyeon Kim, jewelry artist and winner of the 2013 award; Carin Reinders, director of the Coda Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands; and Karen Rotenberg, founder and director of Alianza Contemporary Craft and a collector of contemporary jewelry. Criteria used in judging were originality, depth of concept, and quality of craftsmanship.
Kwon uses the theme of plant images to express meanings and symbols of memories of her daily life. Plants change their form at each stage of growth: seeds sprout, spread roots, and bloom. This course of change gives rise to unpredictable organisms and organic forms. Kwon’s work actively expresses the organic movements of plants, with their mysterious colors and constantly changing forms, creating texture with the materiality and transparency of silicone. Kwon tries to express the living in her work, so most of her pieces have rich colors and unique shapes.
Carin Reinders stated, “Seulgi uses silicone, glass, and pigments with great beauty and poetic transparency. The brooch A Soft Rain has the softness and the vulnerability of the first soft and refreshing drops. Deep in the Night gives the awareness of a night in the jungle with the great emerald green stone, glowing in the dark. Seulgi’s work has great poetic power and classical elements, but is constructed in a very contemporary way.” Sooyeon Kim commented, “Because of Seulgi’s deep understanding of silicone as a material, it seems like she has power over the material. This would not be possible without ceaseless study. Her exotic forms and bright colors have a special fascination.” Ms. Rotenberg added, “Seulgi demonstrates an innovative and beautiful use of material; her work is visually compelling.”
Kwon earned a bachelor’s (2007) and a master’s (2010) of fine arts metalwork and jewelry at Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea. » (AJF)
Seulgi Kwon, All Things Shining, 2013, brooch, silicone, pigment, thread, glass bead, 130 x 140 x 55 mm, photo: artist
Seulgi Kwon, A Soft Rain 1, 2014, brooch, silicone, pigment, thread, paper, plastic, 180 x 170 x 65 mm, photo: artist
“In my work, I actively express the organic movements of plants with their mysterious colors and constantly changing forms, creating texture with the materiality and transparency of silicone. I always try to express the living in my work so most of my pieces have rich colours and unique shapes.”
PS : just received my « It rained yesterday » ring ! HAPPY !
Seulgi Kwon - « It rained yesterday » ring 2014 Ring∣ silicone, pigment, thread 90 x 90 x 70mm