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Kye Yeon Son
"Elegant, calm, dynamic, restrained power, intense and quiet – all these terms have been used to describe the work of Kye Yeon Son."

Kye-Yeon Son imbues her vessels with emotional resonance. At first glance, her forms may appear traditional, but they operate as subtle reflections on the shifting stages of life.
From her earliest vessels that suggest waiting, and the tentative wading into life, through her wishing stones, designed to reassure through nostalgia and serenity, to the more abstracted branch forms, Kye-Yeon speaks of and to the rhythms of life.

These vessels are elegant tributes to the power of holding such intangibles as emotions, spirits or memories.  Kye-Yeon has perfected the visual impact of empty containers, permeating them with lightness while simultaneously saturating them with feeling.

The positive and negative spaces of her branch vessels symbolize resilience and spiritual potential that parallels the human cycle of growth, death, and renewal.

This is Kye-Yeon’s passion – the creation of unambiguous vessel forms that reverberate with emotion. It is a passion that invites viewers to anticipate, to dream, and to speculate through the magic of metal.

- Catalogue essay by Sandra Alfoldy, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Craft History, NSCAD University

About Kye-Yeon Son

 Kye-Yeon Son was born in South Korea and earned a BFA degree in Applied Art in 1979 at Seoul National University, Korea and a MFA in Jewellery Design and Silversmithing in 1984 at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA.

Son started teaching in l995 full time where she contributed to the development of the current NSCAD jewellery design and metalsmithing program, introducing advanced silversmithing techniques.  She has also been invited as a visiting artist for lectures and workshops nationally and internationally.

As a recipient of the prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award, a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, 2011, she has exhibited her works in numerous solo shows and group exhibitions in public and commercial galleries across Canada, the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, and Korea.  In addition, her work has also garnered numerous awards from multiple organizations including the Canada Council for the Arts; the Metal Arts Guild; NICHE, a leading publication promoting fine craft art and galleries.  Since 2000, she has also been a member of the Royal Academy of Arts.


Kye- Adieu II
Adieu II, 2000
S. Silver, Copper, Enamel, Gold leaf
24 w x 9 d x 7 h cm
Kye Wishing Stones
Wishing Stones, 1998
Copper, S. Silver, Enamel, Patination
Various sizes