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So Young Park

Artist Statement

So Young Park's contemporary jewelry forms and theory are inspired from her thesis, Nativity and memories from her childhood. She grew up near the ocean in southern part South Korea. So Young used to play with sea life and plants and collected many different kinds of shells and pebbles.From an atheistic point view, nature reveals the beauty of the eternal cycles of life.

Her jewelry art forms are assembled through the harmonic use of wires, tiny discs, engraved patterns, and textures forged of gold or silver, creating elegant, yet unusual visual forms. The use of wires, small discs, textures, and other small elements represent the single cells that makeup all life.

So Young attended Kon-Kuk University in Seoul, South Korea. The fascination with metals lead her to change her life dramatically. After earning a BFA and a MFA in metal and jewelry in 1999, she opened her own studio called DuDuRim. She participated in solo and group exhibitions as a metalsmith and jewelry artist throughout Korea from 1997 to 2000.

In 200, she came to the United States to broaden her experiences with metal smithing, graduating with a second MFA in metal and jewelry design from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003. Upon completion of her studies at RIT, she taught metalsmithing both at Syracuse University and RIT as an adjunct professor from 2003 to 2007. In 2006, she began her career as a jewelry artist.

Her works are publicized in the Lark Book series: 1000 Rings, 500 Brooches, 500 Wedding Rings, and 500 Gemstone Jewelry by Linda Darty and many other different magazines and catalogs, including the SOFA New York and Chicago Catalogs.