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Shengyi Chen. Central Saint Martins, BA (Hons) Jewellery Design. Selected Graduate 2018

Published: 05.07.2018
Shengyi Chen Shengyi Chen
Author:
BA (Hons) Jewellery Design Central Saint Martins
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2018
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Intro
Shengyi’s collection of jewellery reminds us of the capacity of jewellery to be a vehicle for strong ideas and political attitudes.
Outrages at recent events, Shengyi has used
 humor, in the same way as cartoonist do, to lampoon and satirize the inconsistencies and shortcomings of politicians, and made a series of works that address the scandals, the media campaigns, American attitudes to gun control and the potential trade war between China and the US.
This is sharp work created with a keen eye and strong feelings of politics going wrong and potentially dangerously so. It is reassuring to know that attitudes towards current issues can be translated into and communicated through wonderfully thought through pieces of
 jewellery.
/ Caroline Broadhead,
Course Leader, BA (Hons) Jewellery Design.
 
Central Saint Martins, BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, United Kingdom.

For many people, 2017 has been a very disturbing year, Political divisions in the UK and USA have created an atmosphere of anxiety and distrust. In the wake of the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency, the election’s unexpected outcome was still too raw, the perceived wound too fresh, for lots of people to put their emotions into words. For others, the chance to reflect on Hillary Clinton’s loss and its ramifications was a chance for catharsis. This means that, for many, the healing power of the arts can offer a way forward as we look to fix a deeply divided and possibly broken world.

From the outrage that followed Donald Trump’s toxic and aggressively sexist and racist admission. Lots of anti-trump campaigns have been launched in the past year. From the vision of Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman, the pussycat
project was established in advance of Women’s March in Washington in January 2017. The Pussyhat has become the most visually effective and internationally recognized symbol of an anti-trump movement. Inspired by this, I set out to find the possible fine line between Trump and Jewellery Design.

Trump dominates the conversation, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy since everyone believes that the only way to get attention is to talk about Trump, so they talk about Trump. There’s been no shortage of attention given to President Donald Trump’s news. By keeping track of his news items, such as the trade wars between China and the USA, the air attack to Syria, his massive scandals, his indiscreet Twitter posts and issues of data privacy etc, I realized that the best way to connect Trump with
jewellery design was through black humor. By turning political events into black comedic, wearable pieces, my collection examines the socio-political issues occurring under Donald Trump’s presidency, questioning the validity and integrity of his position as leader of the USA.
/ Shengyi Chen



More works and contacts:
Email: csy199631@gmail.com
Insta: @shengyi__chen


Find out more about the courses and deadlines for applications to Central Saint Martins, BA (Hons) Jewellery Design.
 
Chen Shengyi. Brooch: President Twitter, 2018. Copper, brass, wig, blue paint.. 5.5 x 2 x 5 cm. Photo by: Shengyi Chen. Chen Shengyi
Brooch: President Twitter, 2018
Copper, brass, wig, blue paint.
5.5 x 2 x 5 cm
Photo by: Shengyi Chen
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Shengyi Chen. Necklace: Boxing, 2018. Gold plated brass, copper, red paint.. 20 x 2 x 47 cm. Photo by: Shengyi Chen. Shengyi Chen
Necklace: Boxing, 2018
Gold plated brass, copper, red paint.
20 x 2 x 47 cm
Photo by: Shengyi Chen
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Shengyi Chen. Brooch: President Playboy, 2018. Black ruthenium plated copper, gold plated brass, silver.. 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 cm. Photo by: Shengyi Chen. Shengyi Chen
Brooch: President Playboy, 2018
Black ruthenium plated copper, gold plated brass, silver.
5.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 cm
Photo by: Shengyi Chen
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Shengyi Chen. Neckpiece: Hush!, 2018. White resin, silk.. 7.5 x 4 x 40 cm. Photo by: Shengyi Chen. Shengyi Chen
Neckpiece: Hush!, 2018
White resin, silk.
7.5 x 4 x 40 cm
Photo by: Shengyi Chen
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Shengyi Chen. Necklace: Yuan Necklace, 2018. Gold plated brass, gold, enamel.. 15 x 0.5 x 15 cm. Photo by: Shengyi Chen. Shengyi Chen
Necklace: Yuan Necklace, 2018
Gold plated brass, gold, enamel.
15 x 0.5 x 15 cm
Photo by: Shengyi Chen
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Shengyi Chen. Necklace: Facebook Fetter, 2018. Generic standard ABS.. 10 x 0.3 x 40 cm. Photo by: Shengyi Chen. Shengyi Chen
Necklace: Facebook Fetter, 2018
Generic standard ABS.
10 x 0.3 x 40 cm
Photo by: Shengyi Chen
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Shengyi Chen. Brooch: Currency Snake, 2018. Gold plated copper, silver.. 7 x 1 x 10 cm. Photo by: Shengyi Chen. Shengyi Chen
Brooch: Currency Snake, 2018
Gold plated copper, silver.
7 x 1 x 10 cm
Photo by: Shengyi Chen
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Shengyi Chen. Brooch: Love Bomb, 2018. Gold plated copper, silver.. Photo by: Shengyi Chen. Shengyi Chen
Brooch: Love Bomb, 2018
Gold plated copper, silver.
Photo by: Shengyi Chen
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