2015 Danbee Son

2015 International Student Award Winner

Danbee Son, “The Objet - Road Sign,” 203 x 190 cm, 2014. Thread. Photo: Danbee Son.

Danbee Son, “The Objet – Road Sign,” 203 x 190 cm, 2014. Thread. Photo: Danbee Son.

Danbee Son has been selected for the American Tapestry Alliance’s 2015 International Student Award. She attends Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. The University is best known for its School of Architecture and Fine Arts. Danbee Son states,

“Soft sculpture is part of modern day art. It allows the viewer to experience the softness of the material through both vision and touch. I use common objects or common social issues that occur in our life as my subject matter. My work creates unfamiliarity with familiar things in order to make us look at our present life with a new perspective. I achieve this by using materials to make an object that are not usually associated with that object.

My artwork follows realism. It provides an artistic viewpoint that describes nature, or our day-to-day life, accurately without any ornaments. We can understand the object depicted based on its appearance. However, the objects, typically hard and cold, are transformed by the soft materials, and bring out a surrealistic sensibility. This is caused by the mismatch that occurs when what you see is different from what you touch. The viewer breaks away from traditional understanding and views the work with a fresh point of view.”

Danbee Son, “The Objet - Shin Ramyun,” 27 x 35 cm, 2015. Thread. Photo: Danbee Son.

Danbee Son, “The Objet – Shin Ramyun,” 27 x 35 cm, 2015. Thread. Photo: Danbee Son.

Danbee Son, “The Objet - The Frame,” 200 x 110 cm, 2012. Tapestry and Mixed Media. Photo: Danbee Son.

Danbee Son, “The Objet – The Frame,” 200 x 110 cm, 2012. Tapestry and Mixed Media. Photo: Danbee Son.