By Scott Boylston
Innovative re-use should surprise us. Otherwise, the first word doesn’t really mean much.
But the nature of innovation exists upon its own spectrum, with some being just so, and others defining the transcendental. Seonyong Lee is a jewelry maker and metalsmith who recently received an MFA in Metals & Jewelery from SCAD, and her recent use of bent and rusty nails from an Emergent Structures denailing event surely exists along the outermost edge of that transcendental form of re-use.
The photographs presented here are of Seonyung’s recent installation, Self.
Here is a description of the project in her own words:
Jewelry communicates with viewers or wearers on non-verbal levels. However, my body of works suggests thought, ideas and concepts about identity and language on visually verbal level. Self-examination used to be more natural when I only spoke my mother tongue, Korean. But using two different languages since 2008 has driven me to think about the relationship between identity and language: How language influences our identity development and how self-concept is reflected within language people use – for a long time the connection is proved by different fields of study, psychology, linguistics, psychosociology, etc.
The piece ‘SELF’ is giving the idea of how language heavily influences one’s identity. The word ‘self’, which is nailed, is being pulled by language (hand woven wire; my thoughts on language). It shows the action of pulling.
We are honored to share Seonyong’s work on our blog.
We’re also very grateful to Ryan Holandes, a Metals and Jewelery colleague of Seonyongs. Along with volunteering for some of Emergent Structures’s denailing events, Ryan was kind enough to make a monetary donation in return for a bucket of reclaimed nails, and shared some of those nails with Seonyong.
As a part of our advocacy for increasing the awareness and the level of material reclamation, we’ve created our Exclaim Your Reclaim (EyR) campaign. We feature case studies of creative re-use, and include as much detail as possible, including the heritage of the materials—the family tree, if you will—of the material. This is our fourth featured EyR. The first is here; the second here, and the third here.