Shimong Kim


Patterns of nature are omnipresent. Observation of the closest environment makes you realize how nature can amaze you with marvelous patterns. The nature and Op Art have always been my fascination, and the discovery of orderly patterns in natural objects and the associated geometry motivated me to employ their correlation with Op Art in an art form. As Op Art, an art movement that is fundamentally devoted to pure visual effect, non- representationally creates feelings of movement through illusions, the purpose of this thesis work was to create 3-dimensional optical effect that the positive and negative spaces produce as a consequence of linear elements. By using metal, possibility of the forms that traditional material allows for will be examined, and by combining metal with plastic and printed paper, the benefits of non traditional materials will be studied. On the other hand, it led me to challenge the durability and permanency of jewelry. Since the primitive ages people have been decorating themselves with different art forms using their body as a unique canvas. Regardless the era and culture there has been an intricate relationship among fine art, jewelry, and fashion. In place of different categories and distinctions between these aspects, contemporary art has developed a view and styles that includes the integration of them. Through creating jewelry that wearers can interact with and viewers can appreciate as a sculpture when it is displayed, I was able to understand different interpretation of jewelry. By pushing the boundaries of jewelry yet without losing its identity, I strove to explore a unique art form that binds the viewer and wearer together and induces them to experience ephemeral sensation.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Jewelry--Design; Art metal-work--Design; Optical art--Influence

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Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Caballero-Perez, Jaun

Advisor/Committee Member

Heinrich, Barbara


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