Kim Hyun-ju South Korean, b. 1979

Female metal artist Kim Hyun-Ju explores the ancient decorative techniques of mother-of-pearl to create striking, contemporary works of art. For Collect 2021, Kim has created a series of minimalistic works that combine metal with mother of pearl. The interior of the works show the fine details of the soldering process, like stitches, revealing the strength and delicacy of the form. The subtle movement created in the seamless exterior resembles an impressionist’s painting. Kim uses the natural palette of the shells in juxtaposition, the material’s endless subtle colours and reflections recalling the movement of the gentle sea.