Tammy Young Eun Kim is California-based artist, metalsmith and jeweler. Originally from the South Bay and greater Los Angeles area. In 2011, she received her BFA in Metal + Jewelry from California State University, Long Beach. Currently she resides in San Diego, CA, as a MFA candidate at San Diego State University.
Her work has been featured nationally and internationally as part of La Frontera Exhibition at Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico and at Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco, CA; Pin + Brooch Exhibition at Toronto International Jewellery Festival, Canada; and was selected for Talente 2014 at International Skilled Trades Fair in Munich, Germany.
Tammy was the finalist and winner of the NICHE Awards 2011 in the student category of conceptual jewelry to wear. Her jewelry can be seen in publications such as Showcase 500 Art Necklaces by Lark Books; on the cover of Society of North American Goldsmiths Confluence Juried Student Exhibition catalog; and in upcoming book, Behind the Brooch: A Closer Look at Backs, Catches, and Pin Stems by Schiffer Publishing. In addition, her work can be found in public collections at the School of Art + Design at San Diego State University.
Embodiment is a series of work that contemplates the contemporary experience of cancer anxiety. The CAD forms generated with 3-D printing processes and materials reference microscopic images of diseased cellular structures.
The materials are ABS plastic, Alumide and sandstone along with silver, steel and copper. Each cellular form is rendered on a computer program, printed three dimensionally then combined with handmade components. The gesture of creating cellular forms in the computer program is similar to how cells replicate, multiply and mutate.
The sterility of the printing process and the resulting material enable a distanced expression of my personal anxiety. The hands-off process and benign material contrast with the intimate subject matter. Translating the invisible cells as a visible object has become an outlet to combat this preoccupation.
By placing the invisible cellular forms on the body, the interior becomes the exterior, potentially revealing an intimate narrative that is particularly potent and relevant in the format of jewelry.
An exhibition of this work will be presented in the University Gallery at San Diego State University in April 19 - May 1, 2014.