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Recently I have been focusing more on my relationship with my hometown and surroundings. Interview with Suyu chen by Klimt02

Interview
Published: 04.08.2021
Suyu Chen Suyu Chen
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2021
Suyu Chen. Necklace: A Study of Snow 2, 2021. PVC tube, resin clay, sterling silver, enamel paints.. From series: A Study of Snow. Suyu Chen
Necklace: A Study of Snow 2, 2021
PVC tube, resin clay, sterling silver, enamel paints.
From series: A Study of Snow
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Intro
In the past few years, I have been exploring the influence of my traditional art training since childhood, but recently I have been focusing more on my relationship with my hometown and surroundings. This shift may have come from geographical isolation - being so far away from home for so long has led me to think about my relationship with things around me, and to immerse myself in a completely different culture in order to understand my initial motivation.

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Tell us about your background. What were your first influences to be creative and become an artist and what has drawn you to contemporary jewellery?
When I was in kindergarten, there was a classmate who was very talented at drawing, and I was very impressed by his ability to draw vivid animals and cars, then I asked my mom to take me to a drawing class, and I have been obsessed with it ever since. I guess my artistic career started with some sort of childish jealousy. Before college, I was strictly trained in drawing and painting in a traditional way. I was asked to focus on practices that emphasized realism and structure, while abstraction and distortion were not something a teenager should consider. After college, I have been experimenting with different art forms and came across contemporary jewellery by chance. I enjoy the scale and versatility of it, which can be a multi-function or a non-function object that not only blends emotions in its making process but also allows it to express emotions in its wearing and use.


How important is networking for you in your professional practice and what are your preferred tools for this?
It's a task that can't be skipped. Probably like most people, I would rather hide behind the major social media and websites, such as Instagram.


What are your general thoughts on the contemporary jewellery world, (education, market, development...), where do you see chances and where are dead ends?
Because of the outbreak of Covid, there have been many online workshops and conferences, which are a great platform for artists to learn and showcase their talents. But such opportunities may be more suitable for advanced makers. For beginners, as well as international students who have no proper space and equipment,  face-to-face teaching is still a more effective way, and hands-on practice is still an essential part of craft learning. The emergence of online courses is a good step forward, and I hope to learn more amazing crafts techniques from around the world through online platforms, but also think that in-person education will not disappear as a result.
Young artists are constantly exploring new markets, but we are all in the middle of history and it is impossible to know where exactly the right direction is. However, it is certain that there are more young people who remain enthusiastic as well as creative, and that would be the most important thing.


Suyu Chen, Necklace: A Study of Snow 1, 2021, PVC tube, resin clay, sterling silver, enamel paints, Photo by: Jiageng Lin, From series: A Study of Snow


Thinking about your career, what role do technology and the digital play in your artistic development & communication?
My work does not have a lot of technological content. Technology has benefited me more on social media, for example, Instagram has been an important platform for me to showcase and communicate. I don't know if other artists are addicted to Instagram or TikTok, but I have had a lot of fun, knowledge, new friends and opportunities on social media. At the same time finding myself having a harder time focusing on images because these apps require me to constantly scroll through new content and only linger on each image for a few seconds. This makes me worry if others will change in the same way. The advances in technology and digital have really allowed me to engage more actively with the world, but they have also blurred the boundaries of my personal space, leading to anxiety: do I need a more eye-catching photo? Do I need to expose more of myself to the audience? Will the number of followers and likes to become the new standard of evaluation? How many new skills do I need to learn to keep up with the world?


How has your work changed over the past few years and what are you excited about these days?
In the past few years, I have been exploring the influence of my traditional art training since childhood, but recently I have been focusing more on my relationship with my hometown and surroundings. This shift may have come from geographical isolation - being so far away from home for so long has led me to think about my relationship with things around me, and to immerse myself in a completely different culture in order to understand my initial motivation. At the same time, this change comes with a struggle between logic and intuition, I am worried that long and abstract narratives will bring only boredom. At the same time, the freedom that comes from letting my self-consciousness guide my works has generated great confidence and made me more daring to present myself to the external world. How to find the balance between rationality and intuition, and understand the cause and effect of both, is one of the many questions I've been exploring as a creator.  I wish the time will answer all of them.
 
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