Everything around us has been touched, used, cracked, broken—evidence that reveals an object’s existence and experience. Min Jae Eom creates simple surfaces and forms that, when carried on the body, slowly gather traces of the wearer. The marks that are collected through these time-based works are not simply scratches, dents, and stains; rather, they become a witness, a form of archive embodying the history and coexistence between user and object. These truly unique traces share a memory with the wearer, accumulating sentimental value and highlighting the most overlooked and intimate forms of contact. This is a self-publication of Eom’s SUNY New Paltz MFA thesis work.
Title: Trace Collectors
Author(s): Min Jae Eom
Topic: Archive, contemporary jewelry, Kintsugi, Mark Making, Time-Based Art, Value
Publication Year: 2020
Institution: SUNY New Paltz - MFA Thesis
Discipline: Contemporary Jewelry, metalsmithing
Relevant Country(s): South Korea, United States