Location: United States
Jay Kim became a full-time artist to pursue a passion for brass patina and engraving, a style he had developed as an accessory designer. As the artist explains “Engraving unveils, in surprising ways, an untouched golden color hidden beneath the dramas of colors and patterns from patina. To me, it symbolizes the beauty of our true being we all share inside us.”
Instead of painting brush, Jay uses a small handheld torch for flame patina and Dremel tool for engraving. When he works on blue patina, he concocts mineral salts into solution and streams it on 3D shaped brass to create tree-like branching patterns, which he believes can be found from every single living organism throughout nature including the organs of our bodies.
Jay was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He received a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from Yonsei University in Seoul. After various work experiences in both private and government sectors, including running his own purse brand based in Atlanta, USA, it is clear that he finally discovered a calling in his relatively late age. Jay has been invited to multiple national juried art shows and has won various awards and honorable mentions including Sylvia Roger Best New Artist Armonk Outdoor Art Show 2020, NY, Second Place Mixed Media Armonk Outdoor Art Show 2021, Best in Show Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair, Best in Category Metalwork Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Best in Category Millennium Art Festival and First place in metal/sculpture Summerfair.
Metals came from space. By employing patina techniques using flame or mineral salts, which remotely triggers imagination of its actual creation by extraordinary heat of supernovas, metals unveil its surprising stories that have been kept since the early universe. While working on my pieces, I like to think of myself as a storyteller who conveys stories already created by the Cosmos.
I use brass as the main medium because engraving brass starkly reveals the untarnished golden color hidden beneath the dramas of patina. Whereas the layers of colors and patterns by the patina process symbolize the life we live in the dimension of time and space, the exposed golden color of brass expresses the transcendent dimension we all share within us.
I start my process with shaping a two-dimensional brass sheet into three-dimensional forms such as convex and concave with hammering. When I create flame patina, I apply a small handheld torch repeatedly to let the shaped brass unfold its multi layers of subtle hues, variety of colors, and patterns. Only after the patina process is completed, I then choose a theme that attracts me most from the patterns already created by the patina process, in which I engrave with the Dremel tool. Along with the colors, the creativity and uniqueness of the final patterns never ceases to amaze me.
For the blue/turquoise patina with mineral salts, I stream the solution that I concocted from various mineral salts onto a tilted metal so that it flows on the surface of brass. As the streaming process commences, it creates tree-like branching patterns which can be found from every single living organism throughout nature. I humbly believe that the branching pattern is not only the most fundamental rule of life, but also aesthetically beautiful. Once the tree-like patterns are settled with additional fuming process which takes from several minutes to days, I start to engrave in the chosen patterns. As I engrave, it again reveals an untouched golden color underneath the appearance of the vibrant blue patina, which I believe holds the beauty of divine light inside us beyond time and space.
Description:: Dremel engraving the flow motif naturally created by streaming copper salt patina solution on inclined brass. Life is the flow of energy.
Medium: Metal Brass (24 Gauge Sheet)
Dimensions: 16.5" X 24.5" X 0"
Description: Flame patina with torch and Dremel engraving on 21-gauge brass. Dome shaped by hand hammering from brass sheet. No colorants used.
Medium: Metal Brass (21 Gauge)
Dimensions: 23" X 23" X 6.5"
Description: Dremel engraving the flow motif naturally created by streaming mineral salt solution on 21-gauge brass. Half globe shaped by hand hammering. Life is the flow of energy.
Medium: Metal Brass Sheet (21 Gauge)
Dimensions: 20" X 20" X 6"
Description: Flame patina with torch and Dremel engraving on 21-gauge brass. Engraving reveals untarnished golden brass underneath patina, expressing the transcendent dimension we all share within us. Dome shaped by hand hammering from brass sheet. No colorants used.
Medium: Metal Brass (Dome Shaped)
Dimensions: 16" X 16" X 5"
Description: Flame patina with torch and Dremel engraving on 21-gauge brass sheet. Engraving reveals the untarnished golden brass hidden beneath patina, expressing the transcendent dimension we all share within us. Naturally wrinkled by heat. No colorants used.
Dimensions: 22.5" X 15" X 0.75"
Description: Dremel engraving following the motif naturally created by streaming mineral salt solution on 21-gauge brass. 3-dimensional egg shaped by hand hammering. No colorants used.
Medium: Metal Brass (3D Shaped)
Dimensions: 24" X 19" X 7"