Professor Kye-Yeon Son was born in South Korea and earned a BFA degree in Applied Art in 1979 at Seoul National University, Korea and an MFA in Jewellery Design and Silversmithing in 1984 at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA. Son started teaching in 1995 as a full-time faculty where she contributed to the development of the current NSCAD jewellery design and metalsmithing program.
As a recipient of the most prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award, a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, 2011 and LOEWE FOUNDATION CRAFT PRIZE Finalist, 2019, Professor Son 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.
She has also been invited as visiting artist for lectures and workshops nationally and internationally. From earlier “Wishing Vessel” to recent “Innatus Forma” Metal Artist Kye-Yeon Son will share her personal journey to find a way to visualize emotive qualities such as wishes, memory, loss and endurance in her vessels and jewellery
My Research and creative works have been to communicate a sense of emptiness, fragility and sentiment, resilience within vessel and jewellery forms using delicate wires as basic elements.
The current direction of my research has been the exploration of the materiality of steel wire and experiment further to expand conventional colouring methods on steel; Korean Lacquering (Ottchill), industrial enamelling methods and combination of these two techniques with traditional chemical colouring for larger vessel and jewellery forms.