Jay Sae Jung Oh
Born in Seoul, Korea, 1982; Lives and works in Seattle, Washington
Unlike fine art, design comes with more responsibility to provide better solutions. Most of my design inspirations are derived from the awareness of social issues like sustainability and abundant waste. Our disposable culture makes me interested in objects that people waste and treat as invaluable. — Jay Sae Jung Oh
Design Miami/ 2020
Design Miami/ 2019
Jay Sae Jung Oh is a Seattle based designer from South Korea, who explores the intersection of art and design with unique and intricately made objects.
Jay transforms everyday objects into something new and extraordinary; assemblages that are at once art and craft. Oh’s ongoing Savage series is composed of seemingly jerry-rigged structures made of household objects, which are intricately hand wrapped in raw leather. The manufactured plastic objects that lie beneath, are transformed and unified into a sculptural design object, making a strong statement about the cultural condition of abundance and obsolescence.
Jay has worked along prolific designers, and has served as a visiting professor at The University of Illinois at Chicago in Industrial Design. Jay’s work has been widely exhibited and featured in publications worldwide, her works are in the permanent collections at SFMOMA, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and Cranbrook Art Museum.