Building W6, Studio 608C
Medium: Jewelry and Goldsmith
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Influences: Combining the ancient and modern jewelry techniques of traditional granulation, CAD and laser welding, he creates pieces that represent naturally occurring galaxy forms, while at the same time pushing the boundaries of technical execution and mastery of skill
Background: SJ Paik completed his M.F.A. degree in the jewelry program at Savannah College of Art and Design and also received a M.F.A. in metalwork from Kookmin University in South Korea where he focused on not only using conventional metalsmithing techniques but also utilizing the computer to create his artworks. He also created public sculptures as well as and had taught at three universities for four years. He is currently trying to make new ways combining traditional jewelry techniques and CAD for his jewelry. His galaxy-inspired collection has already garnered critical acclaim, including a Smithsonian Craft Show Award, an ACC Baltimore Craft Show Award, a Saul Bell Design Award, a Niche Award, an MJSA Vision Award, and a SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship.
Artistic philosophy: SJ Paik is exploring about the legacy of jewelry. As “Mastery of skill “ is one of the legacies, Mastery of skill is an important aspect of his work. Artists obtain this mastery with deep understanding of the materials, tools, techniques, and possibilities of application. Likewise, he believes that artists are able to create new forms by the laws of physics and theories of aesthetics to represent their original ideas.