Leyla Asif
Jungeun Han
Soo Kim
Evdokia Savva
Gigi Barker
Yuchen Cao
Katharina Gross
Ana Jimenez Palomar
Anjali Shah
Yangyi Bao
Maylinda Bhakdithanaseth
Flora Bhattachary
Aurelie LeBourhis
Yi Cheng
Noor Fares
Anshu Hu
Kaixi Huang
Hyerim Kim
Dong Kim
Jihye Lee
Poornima Subramanian
Lydia Sui
Jin Zhang

Dong Kim
‘Curiously Surreal’

This project is inspired by surrealism and the stimulation of one’s own unconscious and awakened curiosity. Glimpsing the moments and images that capture surreal ideas in day-to-day life. The sun shining through a wire mesh on a bus window as it casts a mask on a face. Unexpected moments provide curiously surreal points of departure for expressing ideas, which are adapted and explored in experiments that interrogate the relationship between texture and the face, creating an illusion and stimulating darkly mysterious unconscious desires.

Refined sculptural pieces, in gold and silver, capture these fragmentary moments. A spiked protrusion takes a pivotal role in the work, combined with a dissimilar surface to create a strong dynamic. Appreciation of simplicity guides the placement of the spiked protrusions. Each unique item of jewellery is transformed when worn, allowing the wearer to form a personal association with the piece and explore their own curiously surreal moments.