Junmin Bae  
Born in Seoul, Korea_ 1985
Artist Statement

“Cosmos,” derived from the Greek word meaning order and harmony, is a world of the universe. The universe created around 14 billion years ago is a perfect world in which the power of every star strikes a balance and enters into coexistence. Physics is mainly divided into two directions: one is to the universe and the other is to the micro-universe, that is, quantum physics. The former is macroscopic and the latter is microscopic. 
Today, we can observe what was unable to be identified with the naked eye due to the advancement of science and technology. Moreover, the scope of such visual experiences has broadened and the meaning of an expression, “look at,” has subsequently been expanded to include the invisible world. A variety of visual data in the microscopic world awaken human senses and inspire imagination. Such images are associated with the eggs of insects, tumors, or cells. Even those whose shapes are rarely supposed, such as viruses, include mysterious elements which include delicate structures and movements, repetition and community, and the contrasts of colors in the microscopic world. 

I intend to constitute regular patterns, which can be observed in the process of cell division or the eyes of insects among enormous images in the microscopic world, in a visual manner. I will also focus on characteristics such as organic shapes, the co-existence of beauty and grotesqueness that appear in the movements of proliferation and extinction, and the contrast of positive and negative feelings that can be sensed from the modifications of cells or tumors. Thus, I aim to express such shapes through the process of attaching and piercing small dots on the surface of accessories. The organized dots or freely scattered dots are not contained in space; they fill out and create the space by themselves. This is the passage of time I encounter without any disturbance and at the same time my small universe.


2017  M.F.A. Metalwork & Jewelry, College of Design Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea
2009-10  Nova Scotia College of Art and Design(NSCAD) University Exchange student, Halifax, Canada
2009  B.F.A. K Metalwork & Jewelry, College of Design Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea
Solo Exhibition
2019   “Microcosmos”, Gallery Dam, Seoul, Korea
2010   “TACTILE”, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Canada
Group Exhibitions
2019   “JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2019”, Barcelona, Spain
2019   “Poems for May” Exhibition, Yoolizzy Craft Museum, Seoul, Korea
2018   “Contemporary Jewelry” Exhibition Cbijoux Gallery, Monthey, Switzerland
2018   “Ring Ring Ring” Exhibition, Gallery An, Seoul, Korea
2018   “Autor” International Jewelry Fair, National Theatre Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
2018   “Sharing of tastes” ooojh Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2017   “Jewelry Life” Gallery Daon, Seoul, Korea
2017   “Our Earring Guide” KCDF Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2017   Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Johyung Gallery, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea
2015   “JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2015”, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
2015   “Transformed” Exhibition, Gallery VOGOZE, Seoul, Korea
2012 Alchemist “Mythology of Material”Exhibition, KCDF, Seoul, Korea
2012 “+ONE”, Samshin Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2012 “Wearable Fantasy”, Gallery Baum/ Heyri, Korea
2011 “SIERAAD” International Jewellery Art Fair, WesterGasfabrickr, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2010 “Kookmin Students Show”, Gallery Caroline van Hoek, Bruxelles, Belgium
2010 “Show&Sale Exhibition”, Seeds Gallery, Halifax, Canada
2009 “The Marzee Annual international Graduation Show 2009”, Gallery Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands
2009 “Talente 2009”, Internationial en Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany
2020   “AJF 2020-Young Artist Award”, Finalist, USA
2020   “BKV-Prize 2020” for Young Applied Arts, Finalist, Munich, Germany
2019   “JOYA 2019 - Dor Museum Award”, Barcelona, Spain
2017   “Excellent Achievement of M.F.A”, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea
2009 “Marzee Graduation 2009 Award a Prize”, Gallery Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands
2009   “Accepted in Talente 2009, Munich, Germany

2020   “Polymer Week” Magazine - March 2020, Czech Republic
2020   “CONTRASTE” January 2020, Spain


Dor Museum, Gerona, Spain

An extinct species_4 / Necklace 2019
Polymer clay, Plastic film, Leather strap, Beads

An extinct species_5 / Necklace 2019
Polymer clay, Plastic film, Sterling silver, Beads

Community_2 / Brooch 2019
Polymer clay, Plastic film, Sterling silver

Community_1 / Necklace 2019
Polymer clay, Plastic film, Sterling silver

Brooch 2015
Polymer Clay, Sterling silver

Necklace 2018
Polymer clay, Leather, Paint on brass

Necklace 2015
Polymer clay, Silver925
Necklace 2018
Polymer clay, Leather, Paint on brass, ox-bone
Necklace 2018
Polymer clay, Leather, ox-bone
AUTOR 2018
AUTOR 2018