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Born in Seoul and presently based in Maryland, Komelia Okim uses silver and gold metalworking techniques to create work that experiments with abstraction and Korean craft traditions. This pair of objects is modeled after customary vessels used in Korean wedding ceremonies, where wine is offered to the bride, groom, and their parents. Both components feature the traditional Korean and Chinese character “福" in gold, representing blessings for a happy marriage, and the artist’s seal in both languages as well.
Modern period (1910-present)
Okim 弘, incised into a rectangular piece soldered outside footring
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Four Chinese characters 福 (happiness) in gold foil, fused on exterior wall.
Gift of the artist
2008: Exhibition on wedding rituals held in Savannah, GA as part of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) annual conference.
2009: Group exhibition, "Traces & Trajectories: Current Works of Ten Korean American Artists," at the Honolulu Academy of Arts' Art Center.
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