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My practice contextualizes the primitive energy that is submerged beneath the layers of garments. When the body is removed, the absence remains full of its authentic spirit and fantasy. By reconstructing materials into symbolic forms, I uncover the hidden intimate and sensual powers of humanity. It is a process of investigating the moments when ordinary objects become surreal and uncanny in order to redeem the socially constructed expectations and perceptions.

Jina Seo is an artist, a maker, and an educator. Her practice explores the relationships between body, clothing, sexuality, fetish, and space. She received her MFA in Studio Art/Metal at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2016 and BFA in Metalwork and Jewelry Design at the Kookmin University at Seoul, South Korea in 2012. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Brooklyn Metal works, Brooklyn, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; Sung-Gock Gallery, Seoul, Korea; and (AV17) Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania. She was a Gold Award recipient for the ITAMI International Craft Exhibition in 2010 and currently is a Fountainhead fellow at the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016-2017.

EDUCATION

2016         MFA in Metal at University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign

2012         BFA in Metalwork & Jewelry Design at Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea

2011          Study Abroad in Metalsmithing/Jewelry at University of Kansas, KS, USA

 

AWARDS / RECOGNITION

2016

Fountainhead Fellowship in Craft and Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA

2016 Teaching Excellence Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

2015

Art + Design Graduate Event Travel Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

Creative Research Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

Teachers Ranked as Excellent, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2014

Teachers Ranked as Excellent, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2011

Won-Il Academic Scholarship, Kookmin University, Seoul, S. Korea

2010

Shirayuki Itami Morohaku Award (Gold Award), ITAMI International Craft Exhibition, Itami, Japan

Won-Il Academic Scholarship, Kookmin University, Seoul, S. Korea

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016

UNEXPECTED, Craft Council of British Columbia Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (upcoming)

Halstead Design Challenge: Kinetic, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC

ABBRVTN, Figure One Gallery, Champaign, IL

2016 Masters of Fine Art Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL

UIUC MFA Boneyard Exhibition, South Studio, Champaign, IL

Borders, River House Arts, Toledo, OH

Touch: Interactive Craft, Gallery Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2015

A Dark Spark of Light, Alliages, Lille, France

2015 ITAMI International Craft Exhibition, Museum of Arts Crafts-Itami, Japan

Adorn: Contemporary Wearable Art, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

Forms of Adornment: Flesh and the Erotic, The Lamar Dodd School of Art Galleries, Athens, GA

Wet Hot Illinois Summer, Link Gallery, Urbana, IL

So Clean So Fresh, 2nd Annual Ethical Metalsmiths International Student Online Exhibition

Momentum; Student Show, SNAG Conference, Boston, MA

Adorned Spaces Pop Up!, SNAG Conference, Boston, MA

Mass & Velocity, SNAG Conference, Boston, MA

Behold: Modern Metal Vessels, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL

Champaign Contemporary, the Bonyard Arts Festival, Champaign, IL

Failure---> Progression, Des Lee Gallery, St Louis, MO

The Opposite Sex, Linus Galleries, Pasadena, CA

Emergence: New Questions in Craft and Object Making, Lewandowski Gallery, Rock Hill, SC

Naughty Narratives: Lives Revealed, Art Avenue, Greenville, NC

2014

Sans-Hiatus; Part Two, Link Gallery, Urbana, IL

METALLOphone: Personally, (AV17) Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

F-1, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY

Resolutely Ambiguous, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Alchemy in the Digital Age, SNAG Conference, Minneapolis, MN

2013

Small Worlds, The Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA

2012

80-89 Sensitive Image, Sung-Gock Gallery, Seoul, S. Korea

2011

S. Festival, Gallery Sky-yeon, Seoul, S. Korea

Aesthetic Objects, Dong-Deok Gallery, Seoul, S. Korea

KU Visual Arts Student Show, KU Art & Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS

Attractive Nuisance, KU Art & Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS

Crossing the Spectrum, Kansas City, MO

2010

2010 ITAMI International Craft Exhibition, Museum of Arts Crafts-Itami, Japan

Tsinghua – Kookmin International Exchange Exhibition, Tsinghua University, China

Logic to Magic, 13th Chohyung Exhibition, Kookmin University, Seoul, S. Korea

2009

LOVE – Talking about Love, Design Gallery, Kookmin University, Seoul, S. Korea

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.