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Narrative is always a clue throughout my work. Interview with Qi Han by Klimt02

Interview
Published: 27.08.2021
 Qi Han
 Qi Han

Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2021
Qi Han. Hand Piece: Forget and Remember, 2019. Silver, glass beads, sand.. 16 x 1.6 x 12 cm. From series: Forget and Remember. Qi Han
Hand Piece: Forget and Remember, 2019
Silver, glass beads, sand.
16 x 1.6 x 12 cm
From series: Forget and Remember
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Intro
Recently, my works pay more attention to wearability and implication. I hope to convey strong thoughts or emotions through the production of small jewellery, hidden secret message, and tactile relationship with the body and skin. Less is more. 
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?
I began to learn painting when I was a child, and then, I was admitted to The Affiliated High School to China Academy of Art. It has always been a traditional academic studying journey. When I get the offer from CAA, majoring in sculpture, I began to learn to observe and shape beauty from a three-dimensional angle. In my opinion, sculpture and jewellery are interlinked and three-dimensional beauty runs through. In the second year of university, I made some small jewellery with resin, but just for fun. Later, a jewellery company came to me for cooperation. So, that is a chance for me to think about maybe I can treat jewellery design as a career. Secondly, I want to design a series of jewellery to commemorate my grandmother. Grandma accompanied me throughout my childhood. In my heart, she is a graceful and intelligent Chinese woman. After she passed away, my memory of her gradually blurred, which made me anxious. Jewellery is exquisite in my thought and quite matches her. The idea of designing jewellery for her is more like my own spiritual sustenance, discussing the concept of life and death, love and memory. 


What are your general thoughts on the contemporary jewellery world, (education, market, development...), where do you see chances and where are dead ends?
In my perspective, the contemporary jewellery market is quite broad, and the public's aesthetics is constantly developing. One of the most important tasks of artists and designers is to express their ideas and put them into practice while making the audience immersed. To be honest, the combination of art and market is difficult. To my own experience, art schools focus on handicrafts and expressing ideas, the depth of thoughts, which is correct to some extent. But, maybe they can arrange for students who prefer to be a designer to practice, get familiar with the whole process of becoming an independent designer, and learning how to connect well with the market. As for development, designers and artists play an essential role in inheritance, which needs to be combined with culture. 


Thinking about your career, what role do technology and the digital play in your artistic development & communication?
When studying in the college system, my large percent of works is handmaking, which may also be because of my own choice for colleges and universities, focusing on the expression of ideas, to select materials. This comprehensive material may even be self-created. However, because of the epidemic, after spending too much time by myself, I began to try the design method of software. Indeed, it brings a certain degree of convenience, but there are also restrictions on the selection of materials. In my opinion, handicrafts have a temperature. Although the shape may not be perfect and sharp, it contains the emotion of the creator. But we have to say, in a special period, technology is an effective means of production. At the same time, it gives people who have to stay in a relatively closed place a space to appreciate and explore beauty.


How has your work changed over the past few years and what are you excited about these days?
My previous works are diversified, and narrative is always a clue throughout my work. Recently, my works pay more attention to wearability and implication. I hope to convey strong thoughts or emotions through the production of small jewellery, hidden secret message, and tactile relationship with the body and skin. Less is more. 
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