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On display on Level 1

Joungmee DO

Seoul, South Korea born 1966

  • to Australia 1998

Wish bowl 2014 Place made: Mlebourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: metalwork, bowls, fine silver, gold, steel

Dimensions: 16.0 h x 35.0 w x 25.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased with the assistance of Meredith Hinchliffe 2014
Accession No: NGA 2015.48

This work is chiselled all over in several directions to create a cross-hatched pattern in the metal, oxidised to a lustrous black sheen. Fine silver and gold is inlaid into the grooves through hammering processes in Do’s interpretation of the traditional Korean metalwork technique, Choum Iybsa. Its pattern is drawn from Korean textile design, incorporating abstracted floral and faunal motifs to represent growth and abundance. In this work Do explores how gifts and intimate objects accrue meaning and value through use and display in the context of the home and the developing relationships of its occupants.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design