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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

Autobiography without ego

Kye-Yeon reveals the subtle personal references in her work.

Korean aesthetic, North American expressionism

Kye-Yeon talks about her minimalist aesthetic, the medium of metal and her intuitive process.