I’ve been watching Heejin Hwang since posting about this emerging artist in 2010. Hwang’s new collection is a marked change in a new direction and is bold, but not loud, making a statement without having to shout. Steel wire, threads of hand-dyed yarn for emphasis in some of the pieces, multiples of large shapes and lots of length. The artist’s work is evolving nicely. Keep watching.
Sensuality II, steel wire
My work is about the tension between structure and sensuality. I am interested in framing female identity through the lens of beauty, control, dignity, strength and vulnerability.
Dropping II, detail
Dropping II, steel wire
By building simple structural units into complex sculptural forms, organic shapes give way to fortified architectural systems. Steel wire is used as basic material, a continuous line of wire is shaped into interpenetrating forms. As multiple units complete a perfect structure, the whole becomes animated and my jewelry comes to life.
Emotional Interaction, steel wire, hand-dyed yarn
The human body is the perfect context for my three-dimensional forms. Only when the body ornaments are perfectly installed on the wearer, does an emotional and structural rapport begin. As people imagine building an ideal house of their own, I also imagine building my house of jewelry on the human body.
Dropping III, steel wire, hand-dyed yarn
Bones, steel wire
Tactile Sensation I, steel wire, enamel, ground rock
Tactile Sensation II, steel wire