Donghae Kim

Donghae Kim majored in metal craft. Inspired by his observations and experiences in nature and daily life, Kim creates ornaments and objects for living spaces. He tries to enrich places of daily life by paying attention to the interaction between things and surrounding spaces.

  • Seoul, South Korea


Foundation is necessary for something to grow.

Roots are the foundation that support plants. This work takes messages of “foundation” and “support” from the roots and creates letters in the form of circles (0) and lines (1). In a work of thin metal wire, (1) is made, while (0) is created by beating and bending, In this work, (0) is the basis for supporting (1); (1) becomes (0) again, and the repetition of this process is similar to the repeated growth of plants. The work, which is completed by connecting the joints of thin metal wire, grows through repetition and variation, and expands while creating new meanings in the relationship between materials, objects, people and space & time.

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2. Land of Symbols

Records about life have been handed down in various ways. Later generations analyze the clues of records within the framework of the times, imagine the past, and add interpretations to recreate another form of life. The act of recording may be a basic instinct with a mixture of human duties and desires revealed within the cycle of creation and extinction. In “Land of symbols,” five craftspeople create hieroglyphs that resemble plants. By capturing the meaning of circulation & connection, foundation & support, balance & mediation, harmony & blooming, and inclusion & fruition, they produce characters that reveal the unique properties of materials (soil, metal, glass, fiber, paper) through their repetitive manual labor. The hand-made characters will gain new life through the next-generation’s decoding, and will deliver the meaning of regeneration and recovery.

Slowly with a turtle
Quickly with a crane
With a Turtle
With a Crane