Delicate, fragile, elegant and powerful.
The works of Halifax metalsmith Kye-Yeon Son quietly command attention. Often modelled after objects in nature – a leafless tree in winter, a sea-worn beach stone – they speak to resilience, change and harmony with the environment.
Son’s aesthetic strikes a fine balance between Korean subtlety and North American expressionism. She creates simple forms with intricate surfaces and precious metals. Her works often honour, hold and give shape to intangibles – emotions and memories at once personal and universal.
Nomination statement by Susan Hanrahan, executive director, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council