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The extraordinary power of objects is obtained, because people believe in them. The more mundane the objects are, the more powerful they become.

My practice contextualizes the primitive energy that is submerged beneath the layers of garments. When the body is removed, the absence becomes an empty structure. The internal structure is evidence of human existence. It remains full of authentic spirit and fantasy.

Through the processes of deconstructing and reconstructing materials into symbolic forms, I uncover the hidden intimate and sensual power of humanity. It is a moment when ordinary objects become surreal and uncanny in order to redeem the socially constructed expectations and perceptions.

Jina Seo (b. South Korea) is an artist and an educator based in Springfield, MO. She is an Assistant Professor in Metal and Jewelry at Missouri State University. Seo earned her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2016 and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kookmin University at Seoul, South Korea. She was a finalist for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize in 2018 and exhibited her work at the Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials at Contemporary Craft, Pittsburg, PA. She was a recipient of the Fountainhead Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University 2016-2017. She was chosen as one of the SNAG Emerging Artists 2016 at SOFA Chicago and received a Gold Award for the ITAMI International Craft Exhibition in 2010. Her work has been exhibited  internationally including Munich Jewellery Week 2017; 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.


2016         MFA in Metal at University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign

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


Grand Prix, Art Jewelry Contest Random Rapid Heartbeats, Amber Trip, Vilnius, Lithuania
SNAG Emerging Artist 2016, SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL
Fountainhead Fellowship, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Shirayuki Itami Morohaku Award (Gold Award), ITAMI International Craft Exhibition, Itami, Japan
2019 “The Body: Material Exploration,” 2 weeks workshop, Penland School of Craft, NC
2017- Assistant Professor in Metal and Jewelry, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
2016-2017 Adjunct Faculty, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2018 Under The Layers, Visiting Artist Presenter, ECU Material Topics Symposium, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
2017 Under The Layers, Fountainhead Fellow Lecture, The Depot, VCU, Richmond, VA
2016 Artist Lecture Series - SNAG Emerging Artist 2016, SOFA, Chicago, IL

The Missing Link, Art Bit Gallery, Seoul, S. Korea
Mistaken for Strangers, Athens Jewelry Week, The Art Foundation Gallery, Athens, Greece
Hidden Treasures: Enveloped Metalworks, Craft Alliance Center for Art and Design, St. Louis, MO
Random Rapid heartbeats, Art Jewellery Contest, Amber Trip, Vilnius, Lithuania
Elizabeth R. Raphael Prize in Found Objects, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
(Un)Natural, Heidi Lowe Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Ripple Effect: 168, Wellington B. Gray Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Radical Jewelry Makeover: Wisconsin, Union Art Gallery, University of
Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
BIJOU-Exchange: Melting Point 2018, Orfebres Peris Roca, Valencia, Spain
CHAOS, organized by Alliages, Munich Jewellery Week 2017, Munich, Germany
10x10x10xTieton, Mighty Tieton, Teiton, WA
Touch Feely, invited, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD
Under the Layers, Solo Exhibition, Sediment Gallery, Richmond, VA
Body of Work, Google Arts and Culutre Institute, organiazed by Baltimore Jewelry Center
The Room of Desires, invited, Raumwerk, Munich Jewelry Week 2017, Munich, Germany
Duality of Presence, invited, super+CENTERCOURT, Munich Jewelry Week 2017, Munich, Germany

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