Eun Mi Chun
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Eun Mi Chun

Artist Statement

Eun Mi Chun
It is in the human nature to sometimes feel like masquerading oneself or wanting to turn into another creature. The wishes behind this may be to simply hide your outer features or to project your true inner nature to the outside. The masquerade is closing the gap between the outer reality and what is going on in our mind.
My necklaces can be seen as a costume. Dyeing the animal skin is like putting on make-up. They have the function to show your own dreams and to turn the inside to outside. For this reason I chose the wings of a powerful eagle and blue bird or the tail of a wily fox that can spread feelings of freedom and idealism.
The current role of jewellery seems to be exactly this and for that reason again has the same functions that jewellery had in its origins. By wearing pieces of contemporary jewellery it is possible to either masquerade oneself or show one’s hidden ideals. Because jewellery only works together with the human body this function is best fullfilled with the medium of contemporary jewellery than any other art form.

2004–2011 Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, by Prof.Otto Künzli, Munich, Germany
1999-2002 M.F.A Kookmin University (Major in metalworks & jewellery), Seoul, Korea
1997-1999 B.F.A Sookmyung Women’s University (Major in craft), Seoul, Korea
1990-1994 B.F.A Seoul Women’s University (Major in mathematics), Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibitions
2016 Das Zweite Leben symbiosen aus der Schmuckwerkstatt / Angermuseum Erfurt (DE)
2015 Eunmi Chun Solo Exhibition, Galeria Sztuki w Legnicy / The Gallery of Art in Legnica (PL)
2014 Flora & Fauna, Ornamentum Gallery, Hudson (USA)
2014 precious beasts – blooming, Galerie Rob Koudjs, Amsterdam (NL)
2012 papayalamb, Gallery Ah-Won, Seoul (KOR)
2011 SOFA Chicago 2011- featured artist, represented by Ornamentum Gallery, Chicago (USA)
2011 Eunmi Chun Solo Exhibition, Galerie Pilartz, Cologne (DE)
2003 Eunmi Chun Solo Exhibition, Ganaartspace, Seoul (KOR)

Selected Exhibitions
2019 Beyond Wearable, Yun Gee Park Gallery, Tucson (USA)
2019 Schmuckismus, The Design Museum, Munich (DE)
2018 Die denkende Haut, Kunstpavillon Alter Botanischer Garten, Munich (DE)
2018 Schmuck 2018, / Internal Craft Trade Fair, Munich (DE)
2017 Reformation, Gallery Waidspeicher, Erfurt (DE)
2017 One of us can not be wrong, Studio Sunkler, München (DE)
2016 10 Jahre BKV-Preis für junges Kunsthandwerk, BKV, Munich (DE)
2016 Leder, Gallery Handwerk, Munich (DE)
2016 open space- mind maps, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (SW)
2016 Korea now, Bayerischen Nationalmuseums, Munich (DE)
2015 not too precious, Ruthun Craft Centre, Ruthin (UK)
2015 Schmuck 2015 / Internal Craft Trade Fair, Munich (DE)
2014 Wolpertinger run away, The Czech Centren, Prage, (CZ), galerie viceversa, Lausanne (CH)
2014 Unique by Design, Metropolitan Museum, New York (USA)
2014 Collect, with Galerie Rob, London, (UK)
2014 Transformed 2014, Gallery Vogoze, Seoul (KR)
2014 Schmuck 2014/ Internal Craft Trade Fair, Munich (DE)
2014 peacock green & old rose, Weltraum, Munich (DE)
2013 PAN Amsterdam, by Galerie Rob Koudijs, RAL Parhkal, Amsterdam (NL)
2013 German Contemporary Arts & Crafts, Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2013 (KOR)
2013 Schmuckwander, Pisztorv Palace, Bratislava, Slovak
2013 Wolpertinger run away, Gallery Baum, Paju (KR)
2013 Naturalienkabinette_Vorbilder aus der Natur, Palaeontologisches Museum, Munich (DE)
2013 Aftermath of art jewellery, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Vigeland Museum, Oslo (NO)
2012 Entfesselt-Schmuck ohne Grenzen, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich (CH)
2011 Jewellery unleashed, museum voor modern Kunst Arnhem (NL)
2011 tierisch-große kunstausstellung 2011, Haus der kunst, Munich (DE)
2011 Hautnah, Micheko Galerie, Munich (DE)
2011 collect / with Galerie Louise Smit, London (UK)
2011 Schmuck 2011/ Internal Craft Trade Fair, Munich (DE)
2010 Zimmer Frei, Hotel Mariandl, Munich (DE)
2010 Power of Copying, Xuzhou Museum of art (CN)
2010 My Suitcase is my Oyster, Die Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (DE)
2010 Last orders, Gallery SO, London (UK)
2010 Wenn Helden zittern, Die Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (DE)
2009 Ma, Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry, Tokyo (JP)
2009 Jewellery / International Crafts Exhibition – Museum of Arts & Crafts Itami (JP)
2009 Nothing in Common, Kunstarkaden, Munich (DE)
2008 Chicago Art Fair SOFA / with Ornamentum Gallery ,Chicago (USA)
2008 Jewllery in Transition, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea (UK)
2008 Animals, Galleria NORSU, Helsinki (FI)
2008 Des Wahnsinns fette Beute, The Design Museum, Munich (DE)
2008 Schmuck 2008 / Internal Craft Trade Fair, Munich (DE)
2007 Jewellery / International Crafts Exhibition – Museum of Arts & Crafts Itami (JP)
2007 Animals, Platina, Stockholm (SE)
2007 Schmuck 2007 / Internal Craft Trade Fair , Munich (DE)
2007 Tatort5- Gallery Marzee, Nijmegen (NL)
2006 Mark your Territory / Tatort4 –Gallery Marzee, Nijmegen (NL)
2005 deconstruction-reconstruction- Gallery of Art in Legnica (PL)
2005 Tatort / Tatwort – Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen (NL)
2004 Schmuck 2004 / Internal Craft Trade Fair , Munich (DE)
2003 Forces of Nature, Objects of Desire Gallery, Louisville (USA)
2003 Chicago Art Fair SOFA / with gainro Gallery, Chicago (USA)
2003 Suggestion of Jewellery, Ganagallery, Seoul (KR)
2002 Alchemists-700 Rings, Ganagallery, Seoul (KR)
2002 New York Art Fair SOFA / with gainro Gallery, New York (USA)
2002 Art Magnifying Glass, Crafthouse, Seoul (KR)
2001 Generation, Ganagallery, Seoul (KR)
2001 Sookmyung Metal craft council ‘SOOM’, Tokyo (JP)
2001Jewellery / International Crafts Exhibition – Museum of Arts & Crafts Itami (JP)
2000 The 3TH Restoration of Daily, Gallery doul, Seoul (KR)

2017 Bayerischer staatspreis 2017, IHM, Munich (DE)
2008 Herbert Hoffmann Preis, IHM, Munich (DE)
2006 BKV –Preis für junges Kunsthandwerk, BKV, Munich (DE)

Residential fellowships
2019 Balmoral Fellowships, Bad Ems (DE)
2016 Goldsmith-in-residence of the City of Erfurt 2016, Erfurt (DE)

Public collections
CODA Museum, Apeldoorn (NL)
Metropolitan Museum, New York (USA)
National Museum, Oslo (NO)
Museum of Arts and Design, New York (USA)
Service des Affaires Culturelles, Mairie de Cagnes-sur-Mer (FR)
The Design Museum, Munich (DE)
Sammlung Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen (NL)

I make objects for the body, creating a place of mystery, dimension, fluidity and intrigue. I like to travel to and through my work and hope the things that interest me will interest and seduce the wearer/collector.
I am attracted to the challenge of materials and processes to create work that investigates the body. My jewelry is influenced by history, my memory, experiences and environment. My environment is urban – in the city of glass and concrete I explore space, shadows and nature. I am an observer – walking and public transportation is my library.
Through the structure of jewelry and adornment I want to tease our senses, create awareness of our bodies and encourage communication.


BA, Design American University, Washington, DC
Printmaking Pratt Graphics Center, New York City, NY
Fiber Instituto De Allende, San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

Solo Exhibitions

Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA
Gallery Lulo, Healdsburg, CA
Loupe Gallery, Montclair, NJ
Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
Synderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH
Martina & Co., Providence, RI
Objects Of Desire, Louisville, KY
Cervini Haas, Scottsdale, AZ


“East Coast, West Coast, & South Korea”, Yun Gee Park Gallery, Tucson, AZ
“Material Location”, curator Susie Silbert, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY
“HO!HO!HO!”, Friends of Carlotta, Bruna Hauert Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
“Chain Gang”, Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
“The Earring Show2”, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA
“Gold as Gold”, Craft Alliance, St.Louis, MO
“Louder than Words”, Facere Gallery, Seattle, WA
“50/50”,The Gray Gallery,Jenkins Fine Arts Ctr, Greenville, NC
“Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals”, Society of Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
“Crossing Lines-Many Faces of Fiber”, Curator Rebecca AT Stevens, Courtyard Gallery, WFC, NY, NY
“In Line/In Metal: a group exhibition”, Aaron Faber, New York, NY
“Oro Y Negro”, Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
“Celebrating 70”, Facere Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Circle ‘Round Your Finger 20110”, Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
“Oro Y Negro”, Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
“Brooching the Subject:One of the Kind”, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
“New Artists for the New Decade”, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
“Sparkle Plenty 5”, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA
“The Stimulus Project “, Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA
“Ring Theory”, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, UK
“State of the Art”, Taboo Gallery, San Diego, CA
“Jewelry At Large”, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
“Cut, Fold, Stitch – paper, metal”, Aaron Faber Gallery, New York, NY
“Fresh Start, New Directions”, Aaron Faber Gallery, New York, NY
“Economies of Scale”, The Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY
Convergent”, Biba Schutz & Marc Maiorana, Ogden Museum Of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
“The Pendant Show”, Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco, CA
“Collected Metal”, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
“Object And Image”, Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, Brookfield, CT
“Pop-Art: Champagne Uncorked”, Shaw Contemporary Jewelry, New Harbor, MA
“Jewelry From Painting And Architecture”, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
“The Necklace Show”, Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco, CA
“Black & Gold”, Sam Shaw Contemporary Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
“Friends Across The Ocean”, Studio Fusion, London, England
“Al Fresco; Enjoying The Outdoors”, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
“Woven Together; Voices In Basketry”, Yaeger Museum, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
“Collectors Ireland”, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
“Bend-Twist-Wrap”, Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery, Brookfield, CT
“Brooches”, Objects Of Desire, Louisville, KY
“Cocktails At 5”, Facere Art Jewelry Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Brooch: The Subject”, Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
“Textiles”, Martina & Co., Providence, RI
“Spirals”, Sam Shaw Contemporary Gallery”, Northeast Harbor, ME
“Exhibition In Motion”, Snag Conference, Cleveland, OH
“Gold, Silver, Platinum”, American Crafts Gallery, Cleveland, OH
“100 Brooches”, Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco, CA (Traveling)
“Magnificent Extravagance; Art & Opulence”, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
“925 + Ingenuity = Art Jewelry”, Society Of Arts & Crafts, Boston, MA
“Fiber For The Future”, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
“Rings”, Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco, CA (Traveling)
“Adornments”, Columbus Museum Of Art, Columbus, OH
“Planting, Potting And Pruning: Artists And The Cultivated Landscape”, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
“Chess”, Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco, CA (Traveling)
“The Hearth Of Culture: Textiles & Jewelry”, Firehouse Art Center, Norman, OK
“Body Geometrics: Brooches”,12 Artists Fund Raiser At Sofa, Chicago For Snag
“Life Boats For Cerf”, 25 Artists Participate For Cerf Fund Raiser At Sofa, Chicago, IL
“Other Materials/Other Forms: Exploring Contemporary Basketry”,Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
“Small Wonders: Aromatic, Adornments, Amulets, & Objects Of Art”
Annette Green Museum, The Fragrance Foundation, New York, NY
“Gift In A Box”, Art Center-The Korean Culture & Arts Foundation, Seoul, Korea
“Well Armed”, Objects Of Desire, Louisville, KY
“If The Shoe Fits”, Oxoxo, Baltimore, MD
“Tiaras Will Be Worn”, Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco, CA
“2 Artists”, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
“New Talent In Craft”, The Wustum Museum, Racine, WI
“Concordance/Aka:92” , The Bruce Museum, Edinboro, PA
“Organic Structures”, Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA
“10@2000 “, Objects of Desire, Louisville, KY
“Aka:92”, Works Gallery, New York, NY
“Icons Of The 20th Century”, Nancy Sachs Gallery, St. Louis, MO
“Wired”, Oxoxo Gallery, Baltimore, MD
“Best Of American Craftsman Group”, Stones Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Environmental Bead”, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT (Traveling)
“Snag Link”, Snag Conference, Washington, DC
“Treasures”, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
“Contemporary Lights: A Celebration of Chanukah”, The Margolis Gallery, Houston, TX
“Structure and Geometry”, Nancy Sachs Gallery, St. Louis, MO
“3 Artists”, The Hand And The Spirit, Scottsdale, AZ
“Two Artists”, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
“To See Or Not To See”, Nancy Sachs Gallery, St. Louis, MO
“Containers For Memory”, (2 Artists) Objects of Desire, Louisville, KY
“3 Artists”, The Modern Object, Columbus, OH
“Invitational Valentine Show”, Sheila Nussbaum Gallery, Millburn, NJ
“Treasures”, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
“8 Women Metal Artists”, Gallery I/O, New Orleans, LA
“African Influence In Contemporary Crafts”, American Craft Museum, New York, NY

Art Fairs

“Collective”, NYC, Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA
“Sofa”, Chicago Il., Pistachio Gallery, Chicago, Il
“Sofa”, New York, NY
Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA
“Sofa”, New York, NY
Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA
“Sofa”, Chicago, IL
Charon Kransen Arts, New York, NY
“Sofa”, New York, NY
Charon Kransen Arts, New York, NY
“20th Century International Art Fair”, New York, NY
Charon Kransen Arts, New York, NY
“Sofa”, Chicago, IL
Gallery I/O, New Orleans LA

Exhibiting Craft Fairs

Smithsonian Craft Show
Philadelphia Museum Craft Show
Evanston Craft Show
Crafts Boston
American Craft Council Show
Origin-London, England


Metalsmith Magazine Vol 2 2014
American Craft Magazine, Vol 3 No 5 2013
Metalsmith Magazine Vol 1 2011
Metalsmith Magazine, Vol 2 2009
Ornament Magazine, Vol 3 2007
American Style Magazine, December 2005
Lapidary Journal/ December 2004
American Craft Magazine / Review Nov-Dec 2003
Metalsmith Magazine / Artist Profile-Winter 2000
Metalsmith Magazine / Exhibition In Print-Studio Multiples 1997
Secrets of Aromatic Jewelry by Annette Green & Lynda Dyett
1000 Rings Curator Bob Ebendorf Publisher Lark Books
500 Brooches Curator Marjorie Simon Publisher Lark Books
500 Bracelets Curator Charon Kransen Publisher Lark Books
500 Necklaces Curator Marjorie Schick Publisher Lark Books
500 Baskets Curator Jan Peters Publisher Lark Books
500 Earrings Curator Alan Revere Publisher Lark Books
500 Pendants Curator Elizabeth Sheppartt And Mike Holmes publisher Lark Books
The Art of Bead Work by Valerie Hector
The Compendium Of Contemporary Jewellery Makers, Darling Publications

Public Collections

Best of Metals, Eric Berg Award, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft, Philadelphia, PA.
Show directors Award, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL
Best of Show, Craft Boston, MA
Award of Excellence in Jewelry, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC.
Best of Jewelry, Craft Boston, Boston, MA
Award of Excellence, American Craft Council, Baltimore, MD
The Adrianne Farrelli Prize, Philadelphia Museum Art Craft Fair, Philadelphia, PA
Juror, American Craft Council 2006 Craft Fairs
Juror, Nancy And Harry Koenigsberg Student Textile Award
Juror, Exhibition In Print, Metalsmith Magazine
Honorable Mention, American Craft Council Winter Market, Blatimore, MD
Advisor For Snag Professional Practice Guidelines
Program Advisory Committee for Snag 2010

Artist Residency

The Studio at Corning Museum of Glass