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Helena Kim Ju, who communicates with the World through Eggs

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[Sundaytimes=Chris Lee reporter]As the President of World Egg Artists’ Association that has connected the egg artists who have been scattered all over the world to one network, Master Helena Kim Ju(김혜란) shots hope through eggs, gives a new life to egg art by adopting Korean traditional mother-of-pearl technique and promotes the national interest.

 

It is not easy to make a work of art with an egg. Especially, one should bring the soul to fragile eggs, draw sketches, divide the area using a scraper, and then sculpt on them. Also, since it requires a high level of concentration, one can meet with a great work only after going through a hard and difficult process in which one should endure the pain that paralyzes the whole body, it is not an area anyone can easily access.Master Helena Kim Ju said, “Of the artists who were active in the early days, there are those who chose to be on the way of craftsmen rather than the way of artists. Of course, at first, there was a proposal to me that I should make money, walking on the way of a craftsman” She continued, “Doing egg art just as a means of making money did not fit the value I had, and since I did not think about that at all, I chose the way of an artist and tried to be recognized as an artist only. So, I am now a recognized egg artist in the world.”

 

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       <A building where egg art works are exhibited (Left) and Helena Kim Ju’s work (Right)>


Master Helena Kim Ju had been an ordinary housewife. Of course, she has made a lot of efforts to make her work with eggs in Korea, and also acted as a lecturer and focused on making works of art with eggs. As she went to New Zealand to study with her child, she experienced a big change in her life and achieved the accomplishment that made them as the global works, introducing Korean mother-of-pearl technique in egg art works in New Zealand.


Master Helena Kim Ju said, “At first, I went to New Zealand, thinking that I would be going to stay there for about one or two years. If my child became a scholarship student and came back to Korea, the scholarship might be invalidated. Also, recognizing my ability as an artist, the New Zealand Government issued an Talent  Visa to me, who have exceptional talent in a field of art. Of course, the Talent Visa was changed to permanent residency two years later, which became the chance for me to actively work hard, staying in New Zealand for a long time” She emphasized, “It was possible for me to win the worldwide fame thanks to New Zealand policy and support that recognized my ability as an artist.”

 

Master Helena Kim Ju said, “I could do all this because of my husband who helped and supported me in these activities, so I am very grateful to my husband.” She added, “In the future, I would like to give our adolescents dreams and hopes through the continuous production of works.”

 

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<Helena Kim Ju’s works that have their own stories>

 

She added, “Eggs conceive life and make new hope.” She spoke of her aspiration, “So, I would like to build ‘Hope Egg Art Museum,’ collecting the stories of the people who were successful even in despair and frustration without giving up their dreams and hopes.” She continued, “It will be a place where people can see the world’s famous egg artists’ works.”

 

Master Helena Kim Ju said, “Egg is round, so it can embrace everything in the world. However, there are still so many people in this land where we live, who are frustrated, have lost their dreams, and have poor and hard lives.” She continued, “So, I want to spread hope for them through eggs. I also want to construct ‘Hope Egg Art Museum’ that shares many values of the eggs and makes a strong future together.”

 

Master Helena Kim Ju said, “I do not want to reduce the artistic values delivered by precious and soulful works into commercial transactions.” She added, “The meaning and value of eggs are infinite. And the dreams and hopes to create as an artist through the egg are infinite. Works that have artistic values are not simply the condition of transactions but have the precious values of the soul, so I hope that the works would exist only as works of art, not for transactions.”

 

The world-class works produced by Master Helena Kim Ju putting all her soul are exhibited at an exhibit hall constructed in an egg shape in Capella Ovi(Cheongran Church, Pastor in charge Kil-won Song) located in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi. The works that have different stories differ in shape, size, and technical skill, but their values are differently evaluated according to the artist’s soul.

 

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<Work for Yuna Kim produced by the commission of Frances Dafoe>

 

Especially, the master’s works that gave a new life in combination with the Ottchil (Korean lacquerware inlaid technique) with mother-of-pearl as world-class works attract the attention of the people around the world along with their stories. Master Helena Kim Ju said, “In September 2009, I came to produce a work for Yuna Kim, commissioned by Frances Dafoe, the Grand Old Lady in the World Figure Skating and the Representative of Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club for in Canada. In the process of producing the work, lots of time, effort and high concentration were needed, but what was most precious was that a foreigner commissioned a work of art for a Korean athlete, and I was so proud.” She added, “It is also important that the works become famous around the world, and I could not hide my excitement by the fact that Korea was recognized in foreign countries.”

 

She continued, “I could integrate the mother-of-pearl technique into egg art thanks to Chil-yong Lee, the Chairman of Korea Crafts Artist Association. I was able to make a new attempt because Chariman Lee advised me to try the mother-of-pearl technique.” She added, “He was the teacher and supporter for my artistic activities, who connected me to the best craftsmen in the field, including Hwan-kyoung Kim, an intangible cultural asset of Seoul, when I would learn to Ottchil (varnish with lacquer).”

 

In addition, Master Helena Kim Ju said, “The moment when I presented ‘Cheongsachorong (traditional Korean lantern with a red-and-blue colors) Egg Art’ to John Key, the Prime Minister of New Zealand as a gift at the event of Koreans’ Day held in Christchurch located at the South Island of New Zealand in 2010, is a great benefit and pride.” She recalled, “At the time, after we heard the news that Prime Minister John Key would visit Christchurch, we were concerned about what gift would be nice and got a good idea, asking Cheongwadae (the Korean Presidential Residence), which was ‘Cheongsachorong’.”

 

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<Helena Kim Ju describing the works to the reporter>

 

Ottchil-(lacquerware inlaid) with mother-of-pearl continues as the light of a thousand years. This Ottchil technique with mother-of-pearl met with egg art and moves the hearts of the people in the world, and Master Helena Kim Ju, who puts hope in these egg art works to give young people dreams and hopes and lets the world know the superiority of Korean artists’ works, said, “I met the President and Prime Minister of Korea. A lot of people had been to Yangpyeong where the works were exhibited and did not forget to support for the works.” She emphasized, “But what is important is the communication of the world through culture, continuous and steady support at the government level so that this work activity can be the basis of craftsmanship and the collection of energy so that they do not lose the value of reputation would be more important.”


 



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