Dr. Keysook Geum’s dramatic sculptures of elegantly posed forms embody the fusion of timeless Asian aesthetics and philosophy with contemporary flair. They are constructed of paper-wrapped wire, gems or beads, and sometimes silk. Starting with a central focal point, Geum works outwardly in a concentric manner reminiscent of a spider. As the artist weaves, twists and bends wire two-dimensionally, intricate forms and unintentional patterns emerge. The natural tensions of interlacing wire pushes and pulls out until figurative shapes begin to take form. With a background in designing costumes for large-scale dance and theater productions, Geum’s sculptural works are imbued with her delight in movement, energy and gesture. Geum likens the works to the Buddhist lotus flower, a recurrent symbol in and inspiration for her work. She is an author and professor of Textile Art and Fashion Design at Hong Ik University in Seoul, Korea. Since 2007, she has also been serving as the president of the Korean Society of Costume.
BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
President The Korea Society of Costume
Professor Dept. of Textile Art & Fashion Design
College of Fine Arts, Hong Ik University
1988 PhD, Textiles, Ehwa Womens Univ.
1988 Post Doctoral Fellowship, Univ. of MN
2014 Solo Exhibition, “Wire and Light,” Art+ Shanghai Gallery, Shanghai, China
2013 Solo Exhibition, Callan Contemporary, New Orleans, LA, USA
Solo Exhibition, "Visible in Invisible", Artspace H, Seoul, Korea
2010 Solo Exhibition, Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans, USA
2008 Solo Exhibition "Moving or Dancing", Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans, USA
“World Wired Web”, Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago