Zip Up

Brooch, 2015

장갑, 옷, 실, 황동

45 x 170 x 40 mm


Point The Finger

Brooch, 2015

장갑, 옷, 플라스틱, 왁스, 정은

50 x 125 x 45 mm


Finger Foot

Necklace, 2015

장갑, 가죽, 스타킹, 황동, 실, 강철

78 x 150 x 55 mm (Pandant)


Inside Out

Brooch, 2015

장갑, 천, 실, 적동

80 x 130 x 45 mm



Brooch, 2015

장갑, 적동, 천, 실, 안료

46 x 72 x 21 mm


Desire; Blossom

Brooch, 2014

적동, 천, 실

59 x 80 x 9 mm


Desire; You and ME

Brooch, 2014

적동, 황동, 천, 실, 레진

55 x 65 x 23 mm


Seam Structure

Wearable Object, 2015

적동, 옷, 실

250 x 130 x 140 mm


Buttoned Up

Wearable Object, 2014

장갑, 스웨터, 적동, 실

170 x 75 x 90 mm


Thumbs Up Thumbs Down

Brooch, 2014

장갑, 옷, 실, 적동, 칠보

74 x 93 x 68 mm (each)


Vertical Horizontal

Wearable Object, 2014

옷, 실, 나무

175 x 175 x 45 mm


Not A Glove Anymore

Necklace, 2014

장갑, 천, 실, 백동

283 x 340 x 16 mm


Not A Skirt Anymore

Necklace, 2014

옷, 실, 백동

230 x 310 x 11 mm



Object, 2014

옷, 실, 가죽, 나무

(L) 73 x 85 x 13 mm / 72 x 175 x 13 mm / (R) 59 x 184 x 13 mm



Brooch, 2014

적동, 천, 실, 안료

157 x 118 x 12 mm

Artist Statement

섹슈얼리티와 예술, 유머와 공예, 그리고 페티쉬와 패션. 나의 작업은 저들의 교집합 사이를 넘나들며 보는 이로 하여금 인간 공통의 신체적, 정신적 욕망을 느낄 수 있는 장신구를 만드는데 주목한다. 어떤 재료를 작품에 사용하느냐는 때때로 작가에게 있어서 시각적인 효과를 넘어서는 작업의 원동력이 되기도 한다. 나에게 있어서 그 원동력은 낡은 옷가지들이다. 옷은 몸 위에 입혀서 시간이 지날 수록 보풀이 생기거나, 올이 나가고, 색이 바래고, 오물이 뭍은 흔적들을 통해 사람의 체취와 감정들을 고스란히 지니게 된다. 나는 그 지극히 원초적인 흔적들을 거둬들여 인간의 신체를 재구성한다. 친숙한 옷가지 조각들이 일상성을 탈피하여 전혀 예상치 못한 새로운 형태를 가지게 되었을때 느낄 수 있는 기이하고 낯선 순간들을 공유하고자 한다

Meeting at the intersections of sexuality and art, humor and craft, and fetish and fashion, my research focuses on sublimating sexual iconography by encompassing both genders into bodily forms that arouse physical and emotional sensations. As a maker who finds inspiration in the spontaneous process of working with material, I find it fascinating and thought provoking when material and process are associated with not only physical artwork but also a manner of conceptual thinking that is embodied in the artwork. I specifically utilize mundane materials such as tattered clothing and reconstruct them into wearable objects. The fabric scars like speckles, stains, holes, and fluffs on the aged clothes deepen the concept of how clothes closely interact with the human body. By transforming bits of old clothing into suggestive forms, I investigate the moment when the ordinary objects that are used on a daily basis turn into something surreal, which allows the audience to have an uncanny experience.


Website: www.jinaseo.com


2016      MFA in Studio Art Metal candidate at University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign, IL, USA

2012      BFA in Metalwork & Jewelry Design at Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea

2011      Study Abroad in Metalsmithing/Jewelry at University of Kansas, KS, USA


2015     Forms of Adornment: Flesh and the Erotic, The Lamar Dodd School of Art Galleries, Athens, GA, USA

             So Clean So Fresh, 2nd Annual Ethical Metalsmiths International Student Exhibition

             Momentum, SNAG Conference, Boston, MA, USA

             Adorned Spaces Pop Up!, SNAG Conference, Boston, MA, USA

             Mass & Velocity, SNAG Conference, Boston, MA, USA

              Behold: Modern Metal Vessels, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL, USA

             Champaign Contemporary, the Bonyard Arts Festival, Champaign, IL, USA

             Failure—> Progression, Des Lee Gallery, St Louis, MO, USA

             The Opposite Sex, Linus Galleries, Pasadena, CA, USA

            Emergence: New Questions in Craft and Object Making, Lewandowski Gallery, Rock Hill, SC, USA

             Naughty Narratives: Lives Revealed, Art Avenue, Greenville, NC, USA

2014    Graduate Student Presentations Sans-Hiatus; Part Two, Link Gallery, Urbana, IL, USA

             METALLOphone, (AV17) Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

             F-1, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY, USA

             Resolutely Ambiguous, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA

             Alchemy in the Digital Age, SNAG Conference, Minneapolis, MN, USA

2013     Small Worlds, The Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, USA

2012     Wish List, Sung-Gock Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

              80-89 Sensitive Image, Sung-Gock Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2011      S. Festival Group Exhibition, Gallery Sky-yeon, Seoul, South Korea

              Aesthetic Objects, Dong-Deok Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

              KU Visual Arts Student Show, KU Art & Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS, USA

              Attractive Nuisance, KU Art & Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS, USA

              Crossing the Spectrum, BNIM, Kansas City, MO, USA

2010     2010 ITAMI International Craft Exhibition, Itami, Japan

              Tsinghua – Kookmin International Exchange Exhibition, Tsinghua Univ., China

              Logic to Magic, 13th Chohyung Exhibition, Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea

Awards and Honors 

2011      Kookmin University Won-Il Academic Scholarship

2010      ITAMI International Craft Exhibition. Gold Award (Shirayuki Itami Morohaku Award)

              Kookmin University Won-Il Academic Scholarship

Field Related Experiences

2011  ONE-OFF (Invited to Design Solution Booth as an exhibiter at Seoul Design Festival), COEX Exhibition Center, Seoul, South Korea

Teaching Experiences

2015 Fall         Instructor of Record, Jewelry/ Metal 1, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2015 Spring    Instructor of Record, Jewelry/ Metal 1, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2014 Fall         Instructor of Record, Jewelry/ Metal 1, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign