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Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts. MFA Degree show 2021

Exhibition  /  NewTalentsByKlimt02  /  02 Jun 2021  -  13 Jun 2021
Published: 12.10.2021
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Intro
The epidemic's effects from the past year slowly faded away and we began living and studying as before. After a break of two years, the graduate work exhibition of the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts resumed in person. This exhibition showcased work from two students who were about to graduate from the Jewelry and Metals Studio.

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Artist list

Li Jia, Yusi Yan
Li Jia:
Contemporary jewelry art is the materialized expression and communication of artists based on their perspectives regarding the self, others and society. Regarding audience acceptance, jewelry has become an alternative means of "catharsis" and "displacement" in accordance with civilized norms. In the field of contemporary jewelry art research, the focus has clearly shifted from simple formal expression to the study of the relationship between art and its audience, as well as directly studying the artists and even the audience themselves.

Yusi Yan:
I express myself to others through creating art, I attempt to achieve resonance with their consciousness. Jewelry builds a bridge to communicate with the wearer and becomes an extension of the body. When I create art, I often try to put myself in the perspective of the viewer and the wearer, and ask myself questions from their perspectives. During this process of changing perspectives, I have become aware of the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s work, his “phenomenology of body” theory starts from bodily experience, and the focus always revolves around the relationship between perception and the perceived world. I hope to combine my understanding of his phenomenology of body theory with jewelry art to create more art and attempt to prove that this theory has a guiding role in jewelry creation.

 
Li Jia. Necklace: Eternal Memory, 2019. Relics, hair, letters, gold, silver.. 
. "Eternal Memory" is a piece of mourning jewelry which the artist made for his family using materials that belonged to the deceased. A top, a needle and thread, and a medicine bottle are three interweaving metaphors that symbolize three important life stages of the deceased. The top has lost its spindle and is unable to spin, the bandage symbolizes the twisted memories of her childhood, the thimble that symbolizes family is connected to the needle and thread to form an electrocardiogram that is flatlining. The hair, tied in a ponytail, is placed in a medicine bottle together with the family letter, to be a bottle that drifts through life and death. These three parts are combined to commemorate the life of the deceased.
. This artwork uses the form of mourning jewelry in order express loss and absence and attain psychological balance. It seeks to contemplate the eternal nature of life, hopes for the soul to transcend physical life despite unbearable pain and the helplessness of losing loved ones. During the process of creation, the artist transfers his emotional dependence upon loved ones to this work.
.  . Li Jia
Necklace: Eternal Memory, 2019
Relics, hair, letters, gold, silver.


"Eternal Memory" is a piece of mourning jewelry which the artist made for his family using materials that belonged to the deceased. A top, a needle and thread, and a medicine bottle are three interweaving metaphors that symbolize three important life stages of the deceased. The top has lost its spindle and is unable to spin, the bandage symbolizes the twisted memories of her childhood, the thimble that symbolizes family is connected to the needle and thread to form an electrocardiogram that is flatlining. The hair, tied in a ponytail, is placed in a medicine bottle together with the family letter, to be a bottle that drifts through life and death. These three parts are combined to commemorate the life of the deceased.
This artwork uses the form of mourning jewelry in order express loss and absence and attain psychological balance. It seeks to contemplate the eternal nature of life, hopes for the soul to transcend physical life despite unbearable pain and the helplessness of losing loved ones. During the process of creation, the artist transfers his emotional dependence upon loved ones to this work.
 

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Li Jia. Necklace: Eternal Memory, 2019. Relics, hair, letters, gold, silver.. On body. Li Jia
Necklace: Eternal Memory, 2019
Relics, hair, letters, gold, silver.

On body

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Li Jia. Piece: Love - Never Decays, 2019. Bark, pine cones, oxidized brass, gold leaf.. 8 x 8 x 8 cm. On his way to class one day, the artist happened to look at the bark of a roadside tree and was instantly inspired, so he started collecting bark and created this jewelry series. Bark protects and transports nutrients. It is constantly depleted and finally stripped off and abandoned. This struck the artist as a metaphor for a mother’s love—sacrificial giving, so he created a nerve-like form, using the idea of bark nourishing pine cones to convey motherly love. It is precisely the impact of ancient, lively, and small sentiments that will overcome psychological and physical consolations.. Li Jia
Piece: Love - Never Decays, 2019
Bark, pine cones, oxidized brass, gold leaf.
8 x 8 x 8 cm

On his way to class one day, the artist happened to look at the bark of a roadside tree and was instantly inspired, so he started collecting bark and created this jewelry series. Bark protects and transports nutrients. It is constantly depleted and finally stripped off and abandoned. This struck the artist as a metaphor for a mother’s love—sacrificial giving, so he created a nerve-like form, using the idea of bark nourishing pine cones to convey motherly love. It is precisely the impact of ancient, lively, and small sentiments that will overcome psychological and physical consolations.

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Li Jia. Piece: Her Withered Love, 2018. Brass, bismuth.. 7 x 8 x 8 cm. Li Jia
Piece: Her Withered Love, 2018
Brass, bismuth.
7 x 8 x 8 cm
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Yusi Yan. Necklace: By Me and You, 2021. Pearls, fishing line, silicone.. 
. My graduation project is a continuation of the theme I created in my second year of graduate school, "Plastic Surgery." After I opened a mussel and personally removed a pearl, I considered the industry of pearl farming and associated it with the surgery people undergo to implant their bodies with an external object for the purpose of beauty. These thoughts led to a series of jewelry pieces.. Yusi Yan
Necklace: By Me and You, 2021
Pearls, fishing line, silicone.


My graduation project is a continuation of the theme I created in my second year of graduate school, "Plastic Surgery." After I opened a mussel and personally removed a pearl, I considered the industry of pearl farming and associated it with the surgery people undergo to implant their bodies with an external object for the purpose of beauty. These thoughts led to a series of jewelry pieces.

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Making process, Yusi Yan, 2021..
Making process, Yusi Yan, 2021.

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Yusi Yan. Textile: Intervention 2, 2021. Wool, pearls, fishing line, sequins, silicone.. I hope that when the wearer interacts with this piece, from the visual contact with the form of the wool, to the texture of silicone in their hand, and the sensation of wool and silicone on the body, the wearer's perceptual experience is evoked, and they will experience the sensation of wearing "precious jewels".. Yusi Yan
Textile: Intervention 2, 2021
Wool, pearls, fishing line, sequins, silicone.

I hope that when the wearer interacts with this piece, from the visual contact with the form of the wool, to the texture of silicone in their hand, and the sensation of wool and silicone on the body, the wearer's perceptual experience is evoked, and they will experience the sensation of wearing "precious jewels".

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