COLLECT 2022

The Leading International Fair for Contemporary Craft and Design

25-27 February 2022

Previews 23-24 February

Booth E11, East Wing
Somerset House, Strand
London WC2R 1LA

Over the last two years, I have been lucky enough to spend additional time in my home country of South Korea. Whilst there, I have watched as a new generation of contemporary craft artists have emerged and come to the fore. 

 

The terms ‘functional and useful’ are perhaps the best way of describing the dominating characteristics within the long traditional history of Korean craft. Inherited qualities such as these, can sometimes create a burden, serving to repress or hinder self-expression. But now, it is exciting to see how the young and the curious are placing creativity and individuality first, discarding and working against these traditional rules, producing unconventional objects that are pure works of art. Their work is the result of in-depth experimentation, expressing a distinct creativity. South Korean craft’s utilitarian traditions have formerly rejected objects not driven by function but today, these fearless young artists are challenging these traditional values and leading a new wave of contemporary practice. I am excited to be sharing their works with you. 

Images credit: Dan Fontanelli