Kye-Yeon Son

Kye-Yeon Son is a metalsmith artist from Seoul, South Korea. Son earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Seoul National University and a Master of Fine Arts in Jewellery Design and Silversmithing from Indiana University. Fascinated by the resistance of metal, she has been working to understand its property and manipulate it. Her love for the creation process follows the premise that nothing in nature is predetermined and the environment dictates the shapes and forms taken.


Now settled in Nova Scotia, Canada, Son is heavily inspired by the trees surrounding her in the local landscape. Her works evoke nature’s delicate, fragile, elegant and tenacious qualities. Emotions that speak to resilience, memory, loss, endurance and harmony are portrayed in her pieces through structure, volume and texture, carefully researched and considered through her intuitive process of making.

Son has been a professor at the Craft division at The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University since 1995 and has won the Saidye Bronfman/Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, Canada (2011) and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (2022) and was a Finalist on the Loewe Craft Prize, Loewe Foundation, Spain (2019). Son has given lectures and workshops nationally and internationally and has exhibited in several solo shows and group exhibitions across Canada, the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, and Korea.


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