Originally from Seoul, Korea, Joon Hee Kim is a Canadian ceramic artist. With a great desire to learn and be creative within diverse fields, Joon Hee’s pursuit of learning began with her Graphic Design studies at George Brown College. After working extensively as a designer and art director in Seoul, she combined her passion for design with patisserie studies at Le Cordon Bleu of Ottawa, earning her diploma in 2010.
This combination of 2D and 3D knowledge piqued her interest in new material and objects. With her diverse experience and skills as a designer and chef, Joon Hee began her studies in the Ceramics program at Sheridan College in 2012. Her work reflects the continuous burden of human relationships, behaviours, and emotions. She uses the shape of trophies and Baroque-inspired decoration to stretch beyond traditional function, as well as the imagination of the viewer. Decoration is almost never simply ornamental—its shapes and forms illustrate private, hidden memories. For Joon Hee, human social interaction becomes ceramic form and surface—an instrument of communication. Her trophies celebrate each and every moment of life, rather than short glory at the end. They reflect the rebuilding of the ruins of life. The hope is to complete the race with a flourishing end.
Joon Hee has recently exhibited her Trophy objects at First Canadian Place and at the Sheridan-Tyler Collaborative Exhibition of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Most recently, she has been selected to exhibit her work for the Jury Select Carnegie Craft 2015 at the Carnegie Gallery, and awarded the Emerging Artist Award at the FUSION: Fire Works 2015.