Myung Urso

July 15, 2021

Myung Urso-Pistachios

Myung Urso is one of the 8 artists featured in our show 'Form & Function' from May 8th - August 7th, 2021. The artists in this show blur the lines between sculptural and wearable, and are experimental in the forms they incorporate into their pieces. Shop the entire exhibition HERE 




Q: Where did you study Jewelry/Metalsmithing and where?

A: Self taught

Q: What inspires your work?

A: Nature and Asian calligraphy

Q: Do you have a favorite piece you've made?

A: Alexander Calder's Jewelry  

Q: What made you want to start making jewelry?

A: Wearability & mobility

Q: What is your favorite process? Why that one over others?

A: Calligraphy, sewing and soldering ... sewing

Q: What is something you would want someone to know about your work that they might not know?

A: Lightness & boldness

Q: When you're not making jewelry, what are you doing?

A: Yoga

Q: What attracted you to this material versus more traditional jewelry making practices such as metal and stones? 

A: My artwork is strongly based on my personal lifetime and MFA Fiber Art experience. Pursuing the textures of various materials and found objects, which I gather in my jewelry studio, is a way in which I explore new ways of seeing.  Collaborating or combining numerous sorts of fiber and fabric reveals unique textural characteristics, which cannot be found in traditional way of making jewelry.

Q: Do you feel that you visualize an object and then transform it into a wearable piece, or does the concept materialize as a smaller form and then grow from there? 

A: Both ways … it depends one each piece.

Q: What is the importance/significance of the connection between sculptural and wearable to you? 

A: Wearabilty is necessity of jewelry and sculptural elements specify the artist’s and the wearer’s identities.  It gives mobility of an art form.

Q: When looking at other artists, do you find yourself drawn more towards metalsmiths and jewelry makers or sculptors and object makers? 

A: Sculptors

Q: What is the relationship between form and function for you and your work? Is one more important than the other? 

A: If an artist pursue one form then should be called as a sculptor. As far as I am a jeweler then function has to be considered important.  Challenging both form and function is kind of an adventurous pursuit me as an artist because I love the mobility of jewelry.  Function defines jewelry though I try to be freer towards expressing the form. 

 Myung Urso

Rochester, NY


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