Purifying The Soul. VONMO 3rd Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition

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Published: 02.08.2022
Purifying The Soul. VONMO 3rd Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition.
Felicia Li
Felicia Li

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The 2022 VONMO 3rd “Purifying The Soul” Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition has attracted public attention since its launch on October 4, 2021. As of June 10, 2022, altogether 220 artists from 38 countries have contributed their soul-works. In a professional, fair, impartial and open manner, 63 outstanding artists’ soul-works are shortlisted for the Qinghai Exhibition. The list is hereby announced.

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Artist list

Piero Acuto, Maura Biamonti, Alice Biolo, Cristina Celis, Saydee Chandler, Ko Nga Ching, Wang Chun, Elvira Cibotti, Mara Colecchia, Marta Costa Reis, Boateng Kwabena De-Graft, Tinne Delfs, Cloris Yuchen Ding, Ermeng, Esteban Erosky, Paolo Gambarelli, Sepideh Ghasemi, Jiani Gu, Xinia Guan, Francesca Guarnieri, Margit Hart, Fan He, Luo Hongmeng, Xiaodai Huang, Jin Kai, Kimwi, Krastina Krasteva, Monique Lecouna, Tianyi Li, Yuyun Li, Limenglin, Luo Liting, Jianxia Luan, Angela Malhües, Sogand Nobahar, Mette Olsen, Rachel Ouizemann, Mariagiorgia Pacini, Anna Paparella, Huang Peiheng, Zifang Peng, Camilla Prey, Gu Quan, Maria Eugenia Ramos, Marta Armada Rodríguez, Sara Shahak, Junnan Songxu, Philipp Spillmann, Octagonal Steeel, Mingrui Sun, Chiara Trentin, Salvador Vico, Xuan Wang, Xueru Wang, Weiran, Jiaheng Wu, Yuanxiangzi Xie, Ren Ju Ying, Xie Yuke, Ma Yuting, Jie Zhang, Xiya Zhang, Shuoran Zhou, Shuyue Zhou
About Vonmo Exhibition Projects:
After two years of preparations since 2014, Felicia Li, Director of Vonmo, and Yusen Feng officially established Vonmo Art Jewelry Studio in 2016. We are committed to pursuing the innovative direction of integration between contemporary art jewelry and traditional Chinese culture. Since 2019, we have curated Vonmo’s 1st Five-Year Plan, namely once a year and a new theme for each. We associate international artists to show jewelry works at home and abroad with the aim of creating a pure, equal, fair, diverse, and professional exchange platform for contemporary art jewelry.

"From my emails with more than 200 artists, I could easily identify what they have done for the theme and quickly distinguish the works of sophisticated and young artists. Artists discover and construct their unique artistic practices. Their contributions vary wonderfully in going beyond the classic creative paradigm. Since there is no limit to the wearability of the art works this year, the artists enjoy greater freedom in their creation. So I have seen many interesting objects/sculptures, which allows greater dimensions of interpretation of “the soul”. Actually, topics related to “the soul” and “life and death” are commonplace and traditional, which makes it difficult to come up with new ideas. But I am not worried at all, because many artists have given us new answers this time. I am also no longer concerned about problems like “a major feature of contemporary art being decreasingly technical.” I believe that the works presented to the audience at the exhibition in the future will expose everyone to their uniqueness—the artists’ different perspectives of looking at the soul and the world, their values and beliefs, and the proper amount of technology.
Artists will have completed the theme of "Purifying the Soul" only after they have gone through the complete process of extracting the "Soul" for creation, screening the "Soul", and finally conducting the “Purifying”. The VONMO 3rd 2022 “Purifying the Soul” Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition( Qinghai ) may be regarded as a performance art of me as a curator: we do not need people as the audience, as we are to show the artists' "souls" to heaven and earth, and to souls of a higher dimension. Transition from the last chapter of the second exhibition — "Reinventing Self": Self-reconciliation is also a kind of escape from death, or the symbol of self-“Purifying”. Through "Purifying" our earthly desires, perhaps we, earthly souls, can return to the beginning of the world, where souls are reborn. I hope that this time, we will not just superficially discuss "what is contemporary jewelry", "the boundaries between jewelry and body", or technical things, but hope that my performance will enable people to see that, beyond life and death, souls can have a higher level of "great love". The whole process will be filmed by our team in the form of a documentary, and a film will be finally made available for online viewing.
Next, the shortlisted artists will send their works to VONMO’s studio in Beijing, and I will repackage all the works that will be displayed at the “purifying” ceremony in Qinghai. Since the ceremony takes place in the sparsely populated natural environment by Qinghai Lake, we have customized flight cases& of the same size for these 60 works to protect them. After the ceremony, they will be transferred to Beijing in preparations for the Aranya itinerant exhibition. The bumpy road is also a test of the packaging. While the works are being packaged, we will release the exhibition posters for the shortlisted artists one after another. Information about the Qinghai Exhibition and the itinerant exhibition will also be updated in the official WeChat account." - Felicia Li

Curatorial Team
Publisher: Yusen Feng.
Curator: Felicia Li.
Undertaker: Vonmo Studio.

List of Review Committee (Jury):
Catarina Silva (Portugal), Hongxia Wang (Denmark), Kim Buck (Denmark), Maria Rosa Franzin (Italy), Wang Kezhen (China), Zhao Yi (China).

Qinghai Exhibition on the 9th of September 2022 at 15:00 h, Online viewing (the live broadcast platform and conference number will be announced in August).

The October 2022 Aranya Exhibition is pending, please continue to pay attention.
Angela Malhües. Brooch: Mystical Form, 2021. Porcelain, cooper and acrylic enamel spray.. 5 x 7 x 3 cm. Photo by: Edmundo Amaranti. Angela Malhües
Brooch: Mystical Form, 2021
Porcelain, cooper and acrylic enamel spray.
5 x 7 x 3 cm
Photo by: Edmundo Amaranti
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Junnan Songxu. Object: Dear Teeth, 2022. Cherry wood, wisdom teeth, porcelain, silver, brass, and leather.. 6 x 6 x 13.5 cm. Junnan Songxu
Object: Dear Teeth, 2022
Cherry wood, wisdom teeth, porcelain, silver, brass, and leather.
6 x 6 x 13.5 cm
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Marta Armada Rodríguez. Ring: Blow, 2022. Porcelain, celadon glaze.. 8 x 2 x 3 cm. Marta Armada Rodríguez
Ring: Blow, 2022
Porcelain, celadon glaze.
8 x 2 x 3 cm
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Kimvi. Necklace: Smile, 2022. Bamboo and archery cord.. 1.5 x 14.5 x 11 cm. Kimvi
Necklace: Smile, 2022
Bamboo and archery cord.
1.5 x 14.5 x 11 cm
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Camilla Prey. Object: Wachsen, 2022. Wax, oil color.. 14 x 3 x 1 cm. Camilla Prey
Object: Wachsen, 2022
Wax, oil color.
14 x 3 x 1 cm
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Xiaodai Huang. Necklace: Return to Aggregation. Knot, 2022. Recyclable paper (from America), newspapers, magazines, cotton.. 38 x 6 x 4 cm. Xiaodai Huang
Necklace: Return to Aggregation. Knot, 2022
Recyclable paper (from America), newspapers, magazines, cotton.
38 x 6 x 4 cm
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Sara Shahak. Brooch: I am not a Rose, 2022. Brass, Iron, Stainless Steel.. 13 x 2 x 2.5 cm. From series: Sharp Nature. Sara Shahak
Brooch: I am not a Rose, 2022
Brass, Iron, Stainless Steel.
13 x 2 x 2.5 cm
From series: Sharp Nature
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