Academy of Art University, School of Jewelry & Metal Arts. Degree Show 2017

Exhibition  /  SchoolsDegreeShow2017  /  31 Jul 2017  -  31 Aug 2017
Published: 31.07.2017
Shaoyang Chan. Bracelet: Barbed Wire, 2016. Copper, bronze. Photo by: Bob Toy. From series: Reminder. Shaoyang Chan
Bracelet: Barbed Wire, 2016
Copper, bronze
Photo by: Bob Toy
From series: Reminder
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Through the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts (JEM), students find and cultivate their artistic voices as they create innovative pieces utilizing techniques ranging from the traditional in jewelry skills to the latest utilizing electronics, lasers, and 3D modeling and printing. Students may apply these skills to create one-of-a-kind pieces or the production of multiples. JEM has a strong focus on sustainability and eco-friendliness with the materials and procedures used by students and instructors.

Artist list

Shao-Yang Chan, Chih Jou Chiu, Ximao Miao, Cong Sun, Yat Wong
Chih Jou “Yolanda” Chiu – Contrast | Conflicts | Contradiction
My parents and I have been in conflict for a long time. This struggle originates from the stark contrast between my westernized thoughts and my parents’ traditional Chinese customs. I am eager for freedom, but my identity as an Asian female comes with restrictions. These circumstances led me to choose dolls as the theme of my MFA thesis. Dolls epitomize the owner’s control; the doll is an object that the “mother” can manipulate. The doll has no real identity but is at the mercy of this “mother.” I use this theme in my art to represent myself. In creating my own dolls, I regain authority over this process of identity construction, all while symbolically conveying the manipulation of the character.

Cong “Beki” Sun – Split & Merge
I want to contrast traditional and contemporary styles to illustrate my own inner reflection, the complete me. My pieces show not only the combination of different material and new techniques, but also the growth that I have experienced. I’ve always loved vintage and traditional styles alongside elegant geometry. I would like to try to merge a very contemporary ambiance with customary techniques and patterns. I want all audiences to be able to see the split between the different styles in my pieces, while also noting the juxtaposition of strong and soft elements.

Shao-Yang “Sean” Chan – Reminder
For me, scars represent the past. Something that has been used for a long time will have some scars. A scar can be visible or invisible. The visible scars are like physical injury. The invisible scars are the reflection and regret in our mind. Each scar has its own story, and it is like a lesson for our lifetime experiences. At 23 years old, I enlisted in the army, and after two months of training, I was sent to a prison as a security guard. I listened and talked to prisoners about their stories and the remorse that plagued them – the invisible scars. Based on this memory, I developed my thesis project consisting of wearable jewelry and sculpture objects as reminders for myself about the lessons that I have confronted.

Ximao “Derek” Miao – Meditation with Nature
My inspirations come from childhood memories of nature. One of my favorite things as a child was to collect rare pebble stones that I found in the creeks. Pebble stones are now the main element that I present in my thesis project. My art is a meditative process in which I translate how I think and feel about the relationship between human beings and nature. My series of work is comprised of jewelry and sculptures made mostly of natural materials, such as metal, wood, and clay. Additionally, I bring an old Chinese concept of the world into my art – “the dome-like heaven embraces the vast earth.” My goal is to evoke the same meditative feeling and sense of peace that I feel, and hopefully a sense of calm introspection and connection to nature, for others through my work.

Yat “Cris” Wong – Movement & Change
I used movement and change seen in nature as the inspiration for my project. To demonstrate the patterns generated by natural changes, I divided the work into six parts, with each part representing the elements of one pattern. Four of the parts indicate the changes of natural patterns which represent the issue about nature. The remaining two parts serve the functions of beginning and ending. My work utilizes motors and Arduino, an open-source electronics program, as technical support for the expression of these concepts. Most of my pieces are presented as non-wearable forms and can thus be regarded as kinetic art.

Thesis Advisors
Charlene Modena, Director, School of Jewelry & Metal Arts, Alexis Pavlantos, David Casella, David Sekoll, Diego Taccioli, Francesca MacKie, Gordon Silveria, Jonathan Russell, Killean Evans, Mark Hellar, Norm DeCarlo, Patty Nelson, Walter Dickhaut, Wendy McDermott
Chih Jou Chiu. Sculpture: Past, Present, and Future, 2017. Bronze, brass, copper, silver, vintage doll box, wood, red thread, brass nuts and washers, spring, sewing thread, fake eyelash. 16 x 17 x 33 cm. Photo by: Chih Jou Chiu. Chih Jou Chiu
Sculpture: Past, Present, and Future, 2017
Bronze, brass, copper, silver, vintage doll box, wood, red thread, brass nuts and washers, spring, sewing thread, fake eyelash
16 x 17 x 33 cm
Photo by: Chih Jou Chiu
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Miao Layer. Vase: Layer, 2016. Copper, silver (mokume-gane).. 4.4 x 10.2 x 8.3 cm. From series: Meditation with Nature. Miao Layer
Vase: Layer, 2016
Copper, silver (mokume-gane).
4.4 x 10.2 x 8.3 cm
From series: Meditation with Nature
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Cong Sun. Ring: Touch, 2017. Copper, Resin, Silver. 10.5 x 12.2 x 6 cm. Photo by: Bob Toy. From series: Split & Merge. Cong Sun
Ring: Touch, 2017
Copper, Resin, Silver
10.5 x 12.2 x 6 cm
Photo by: Bob Toy
From series: Split & Merge
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Yat Wong. Sculpture: Sinkhole, 2016. Acrylic, brass. From series: Movement & Change. Yat Wong
Sculpture: Sinkhole, 2016
Acrylic, brass
From series: Movement & Change
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