A native of Seoul, Korea, Yong Joo is a Niche award winning artist who explores the phenomena through which beauty emerges. She investigates both conscious and sub-conscious modes of making, and draws comparison between this process and the evolutionary process found in nature, with a special focus on the role of human trust of material potential in the context.
Yong Joo is an MFA graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design in Jewelry and Metalsmithing.In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious Niche award in Jewelry: Sculpture to Wear. She is also the recipient of the Adrianna Farrelli Prize for Excellence in Fiber Art from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her work has been selected as part of the Museum of Arts and Design’s (MAD) permanent collection, and internationally exhibited at museums and galleries in New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle, Sydney, Firenze, Kyoto and Seoul.
As both an independent artist and co-founder of Sublime Experiment, she continues her search into the meaning of beauty and the process of exploration responsible for uncovering it from unlikely sources.
She works and lives in Providence, RI.