Munich based artist Eunmi Chun (Korea 1971) explores the intersection of the plant and animal worlds in her latest exhibition Flora & Fauna. Figures of animals such as a lion, gorilla and a giraffe among others, are depicted in curiously translucent forms sculpted of animal gut (cow and pig intestine)- materials that can easily lead to revulsion, yet they are beautiful- seemingly glowing amber under light, nestled amongst a composition of petals and branches- also of hides, together with blackened silver. Such materials are intrinsic to Chun’s forays into the circle of life… creating her forms from and finding the beauty in the otherwise discarded rests of that, which gives her sustenance.
Flora & Fauna continues on several years of exploration of animal forms… a piece Gorilla from her preceding body of work finds itself in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum and was recently exhibited in the exhibition Unique by Design, Contemporary Jewelry from the Donna Schneier Collection at that same institution.
Flora & Fauna is Eunmi Chun’s second exhibition with Ornamentum.