Artists_17 Hee Joo Kim
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Hee Joo Kim

Artist Statement

about creation and extinction
The process putting metal layers on the object carved out of wax in a bath by electroforming means life creation. Thickness of piled layers represents time, and several layers by Ottchil(Korean lacquer) colors mainly expressed in my works mean accumulation of time. Ottchil is a Korean traditional Craft technic which used to protect surfaces vulnerable to external stimulus at the same time layers could be accumulated itself to make a form. With Electroforming and Ottchil techniques that share the same process, I create my layers, and those layers creates new life and protects itself. Through this process, my works are born with powerful vitality beyond the flow of time.
Heejoo Kim


2011 M.F.A. Kookmin University, Seoul Korea
2008-09 Pforzheim University, Germany
2007 B.F.A. Kookmin University, Seoul Korea


Finalist, AJF Artist Award, Art Jewelry Forum (California USA)
Itami International Craft Awards (Itami Japan)
Korea Arts and Crafts Awards (Korea Crafts Culture Association)
Inhorgenta Award (Munich Germany)
Marzee Graduate Prize 2011 (Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen Netherlands)
The Winner of the Prize, Preziosa Young 2011
(Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School & Academy, Firenze Italy)
True Colors, New Traditional Jewellery (Amsterdam Netherlands)
Cheongju International Craft Biennale (Cheongju Korea)

Solo Exhibition

2011 Fifth Season, Space Duru (Seoul)

Solo Shows in Art Fairs

Small Treasures and Colored Seeds, Inhorgenta 2015 (Munich Germany)
Small Treasures_ New Ring by Heejoo Kim, Craft Trend Fair, Coex Hall A (Seoul)
Small Treasures_ New Ring by Heejoo Kim , The Jangshingoo, International Jewelry Art Fair,
HOMA (Seoul)
Fifth Season the 3rd story_ Inhorgenta Invitational Show, Munich Messe (Germany)
Fifth Season 2, Inhorgenta Invitational Show, Munich Messe (Germany)

Group Exhibitions

炙- International Contemporary Enamel Exhibition, National Taiwan Craft Research and
Development Institute (Taipei Taiwan)
A Contemporary Jewellery Odyssey, Munich Jewellery Week, French Institute
(Munich Germany)
My Munich, Galerie Bir., Handwerk Messe (Munich Germany)
Schmuck 2018, Special Jewellery Exhibition in Handwerk Messe (Munich Germany)
2017 P.r.grinations Autour Du Bijoux Contemporain-Parcours Bijoux 2017,
Bettina Galerie (Paris France)
Junk Å~ User’s Guide, National Folk Museum of Korea (Seoul Korea)
2017 It’s a Pleasure to Meet You! – East Asia Young Jewellers, Gallery Baum (Heyri Korea)
Leder/Leather, Galerie Handwerk (Munich Germany)
Korea Now in Munich_ Contemporary Korean Crafts & Design Exhibition,
Bavarian National Museum (Munich Germany)
Two Person Show: Counterpoint, Galeria Reverso (Lisbon Portugal)
Live International Jewelry Exhibition Tour, Nichee.h Jewellery (Taipei Taiwan)
Festlich, Galerie Bir. (Munich Germany)
生活/ Live-International Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition, CC gallery (Taipei Taiwan)
Enjoia’t, Joya 2015 (Barcelona Spain)
Look Aside, Itami Craft Museum (Itami, Japan)
Sofa Chicago, Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h (Navy Pier, USA)
Korea Now! Craft, Design Fashion and Graphic Design in Korea, Les Arts D.coratifs
(Paris, France)
Platina Exhibits at Galeria Thomas Cohn (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
AJF Artist Award, SNAG’s 44th Annual Conference (Boston, USA)
GBJ Project 3, Galerie Bir. Junior to guest with Galerie Jordanow (Munich Germany)
New Spring Exhibition of Jewellery, Expo Arte Smykkedesign (Oslo Norway)
Hang, Event related to Schmuck 2015, Elisabethstr. 16 Rgb. (Munich Germany)
maux at this Moment, Curated by Jamie Bennett, Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h
(Motreal Canada)
Exposition Bijoux Contemporains, Galerie Diane et Eric Lhoste (Biarritz France)
Craft Platform 2014, Kcdf, Culture Seoul Station 284 (Seoul)
Transformed 2014, Vogoze Art &Craft (Seoul)
Blossom, La Basilica Galeria (Barcelona Spain)
Craft Festival, Chiwoo Craft Museum, Culture Seoul Station 284 (Seoul)
Studio Jewelry, Gallery Ahwon (Seoul)
Sofa Chicago_ Charon Kransen Arts, Navy Pier (USA)
Schmuck Wander, Bratislava Design week 2013 (Bratislava Slovakia)
Wear/Aware – Asian Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, Mano Contemporary Jewellery
(Taipei Taiwan)
Ornament and Illusion – Spectrum of Contemporary Jewelry,
Korea National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul)
Only One, Mok Space (London UK)
Schmuck Malen, Event related to Schmuck 2013 (Munich Germany)
Art Palm Beach 2013_ Charon Kransen Arts, Palm Beach Country Convention Center
(West Palm Beach FL, USA)
Art Basel Miami 2012, Red Dot Fair, Charon Kransen Arts, Wynwood Art District (Miami, USA)
Two Person Show: Roots of Silence, Hammer Gallery (Hong Kong China)
Private Label, Gallery Ahwon (Seoul)
Wearable Fantasy, Gallery Baum (Heyri, Korea)
Preziosa Young, Satyrykon Gallery (Legnica, Poland)
Sofa New York_ Charon Kransen Arts, Park Avenue Armory (New York, USA)
Preziosa Young, Goldshmiedehaus (Hanau Germany)
Preziosa Young, Inhorgenta, (Munich, Germany)
Sieraad Art Fair, Westergasfabriek (Amsterdam Netherlands)
Sofa Chicago_ Charon Krasen Arts, Navy Pier (Chicago USA)
Preziosa Young, Museo della Specola, (Firenze Italy)
Sofa West : Santa Fe 2011_ Charon Kransen Arts, Santa Fe Convention Hall (Santa Fe USA)
Annual Marzee Selection of Graduate Work Jewellery 2011, Galerie Marzee
(Nijmegen Netherlands)
Craft Dream 2011_ Body and Ornament, Chiwoo Craft Museum (Seoul)
True Colors _New Traditional Jewellery, Museum of Modern Art Arnhem (Netherlands)
True Colors _New Traditional Jewellery, Villa Bengel in Idar Oberstein (Germany)
True Colors _New Traditional Jewellery, Sieraad Art Fair 2010
(Amsterdam Netherlands)
Contemporary Ornament +10, Korean Craft & Design Foundation (Seoul)


Jewellery making with building wastes from Kimusa, National Museum of Contemporary Art (Seoul)


KOREAN METAL ART TECHNIQUES through the History, Schiffer Publishing LTD (USA)
Designing and Making Rings and Bangles, EM Jewellery (UK)
Contemporary Jewelry Design-Thoughts on inspiration and expression,
CYP International Ltd. (UK)
1000 Rings, Lark books (USA)


2FiorGen Foundation Pharmacogenomics (Firenze Italy)
Korea National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul)
Deedie Rose Art Jewelry Collection (USA)

Gallery Represented

Yun Gee Park Gallery, Tucson (2018~)
Reverso, Lisbon (2016~)
Platina, Stockholm (2015~)
Galerie Bir., Munich (2015~)
Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montreal (2014~)
Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen (2011~2015)
Charon Kransen, New York (2011~2014)
Gallery O, Seoul (2011~)
Gallery Ahwon, Seoul (2010~)