Jay Sae Jung Oh was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. Her artistic chair design impressed us and is remarkably creative.
Educated in the arts of sculpture, she pursued a Bachelors of Arts and holds a Master’s Degree in Sculpture from Kookmin University, South Korea. During her practice in the fine arts, Oh became focused on the ability of design to communicate in a much more familiar manner. The importance of design as a vehicle for communicate compelled her to join the 3D Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. At Cranbrook, Oh was able to transcend the boundaries of art and design, culminating the two entities into one.
Since Cranbrook, Ms. Oh has worked alongside NYC based, Italian designer, Gaetano Pesce on a multitude of projects from furniture, installations and product design. Currently a visiting professor at Industrial Design, The University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, Ms. Oh continues to build her body of work, creating striking pieces that explore the multiple intersections of art and design.
Jae Sae Jung Oh describes her interests as lying at the intersection of art and design, particularly as reconciling the two ideas is an ongoing challenge for her. “I am always trying to combine them without losing the essence of each field,” she says.
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Her prior work has been received publicly at numerous exhibitions including Design Miami, ICFF, the Daimler Chrysler Headquarters, Johnson Trading Gallery NY, Chicago Cultural Center, Lotte Hotel as well as earning a permanent space at the Cranbrook Art Museum collection and Kookmin University.
Her best-known project, “Savage,” is comprised of a series of functional seating units and side tables. The earliest of these were made using mundane, mass-produced objects affixed together with epoxy and adhesive, after which the entire volume was wrapped with jute string. Each takes about four months to complete. In the newer iteration of “Savage,” Oh produces the objects in leather.
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