24 Days of Emerging Designers: Yuni Kim Lang
It's best to let Yuni Kim Lang's breadth of work unravel slowly to understand her story. A Parsons graduate now based in Michigan, she's flourishing as a visual artist balancing sculpture, photography and conceptual meets wearable fashion. Her exhibitions tell the intimate relationship with society and hair, the complexity of knots along with the meaning of weight, mass and accumulation.
She describes her wearable collection as a series of sculptures that hangs on the body as adornments. Tapping into her Asian heritage, she was influenced by traditional red Chinese New Year knots and used various techniques to modernize the familiar. The result was a pool of striking work: dramatic necklaces, both full-length and long, a choker knotted with fringe and distinctive epaulettes. For Yuni, this was just the start, "the wearable collection is an intuitive creating process for me. Once the object, material or technique is chosen, the rest of the creation is formally driven. Only after the collection is made, do I reflect on them to understand why I created them. It sometimes leads me to creating a larger conceptual sculpture of photography work from there."
The thoughtfulness of her work is that it honors tradition through exaggerated pieces that highlights the icon as a hero. And, aailable for custom and limited runs, she's keeping her work special. "The beauty of making limited or custom work is that you have the freedom to express and discover something unique. It will most likely not be your everyday piece of jewelry and that’s what’s great about them."
Looking ahead, she'll continue to incorporate the balance of the wearable collections and conceptual sculptures along with large scale photography into her artistry while seeking out her own definition of beauty and cultural identity.
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