Preziosa Young 2019

.. and the winners are...

For PREZIOSA YOUNG 2019 edition we received 147 applications from all over the world: lots of candidates, and a lot of work for the jury, which this year was as follows:
Maria Cristina Bergesio, Art critic, curator, teacher;
Tasso Mattar, Artist and curator;
Maria Rosa Franzin, Artist and teacher;
Robert Mazlo, Artist and gallerist (La Joaillerie par Mazlo), Paris;
Irene Belfi, Gallerist (Irene Belfi Gallery), Milan.

The artists whose work has been indicated by the jury with the highest number of preferences are:

Yajie Hu, from China;
Koen Jacobs, from Netherlands;
Jongseok Lim, from Republic of Korea.


A selection of objects of the three selected will be presented in the PREZIOSA space at Inhorgenta fair (Munich, Germany), from 22nd to 25th February 2019;
The three candidates will also participate in the selection for the LAO SPECIAL PRIZE (three months as Artist in Residence in Florence) and the SPECIAL AWARD Inhorgenta (a free exhibition space for the 2020 edition of the fair).

Yajie Hu

As an artist, I am naturally attracted to colour and texture, as well as art as a tangible, wearable object. I investigate the colours, textures and shapes of some interesting animals, such as snakes and chameleons. I also study the striking colours of carnivorous plants as their approach is to attract insects into their deadly clutches.

These interests have inspired me to create my jewellery collections.
I primarily work with acrylic paint as my ideas are best expressed through it. Working with acrylic paint allows me to be in direct contact with colour. I therefore not only investigate its visual qualities but also explore it as a useable material. At the same time, my designs are based on organic forms, which are then transformed and designed into my own aesthetic pieces.
I aim for my designs to be worn on the body, but also to be valued as art objects.

Koen Jacobs
The Artificial Kingdom.

My work is about reliving memories of my childhood. An escape to a child’s naive dreamworld, where they playfully discover the world around them and the beauty of nature. A skeleton is a carrier of past memories and a device for recreating them.

Wearing and playing my marionette animal-skeletons will trigger childhood memories and evoke the naive playful child in you. Just like time adds layers to nature and memories, my animal-skeletons are in a process of transformation, creating a new image.

Jongseok Lim

In our daily life insects might be too petty to grab our attention. Unknowingly, however, we have a close relationship with them which has a far-reaching effect on our lives. When I was young, insects were an object that stirred my curiosity and their peculiar shape left a strong impression on me.

Now, as an adult they are a means to bring back my childhood memories.
Their impressive appearance is a result of their inevitable evolution in order to coexist with the changing environments of today. Insects are evolving to survive in a fast transforming ecosystem.

The glittering covers and antennae armed with chitin, translucent wings, and the interesting shape of each fragilely thin joint become my own language of formative arts.
These insect shape's are expressed with filigree.
Filigree is a technique that repeats lines tens or hundreds of times, to make my desired shape and the main theme of my thesis. Lines of a fine thread all together show a unique pattern and texture and the scale of the plane produced gives a special visual impression as the scale is as big as an insect.

The insect made with metal reminds viewers of very private but universal memories and makes new interpretations and messages. I hope that the result of my work will create intriguing images and at the same time serve as an attractive object.