Xing Zhou interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 08.01.2018
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Xing Zhou. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Silver, paper, acrylic.. 1.8 x 1.8 x 0.5 cm. Xing Zhou
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Silver, paper, acrylic.
1.8 x 1.8 x 0.5 cm
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A Shanghai-based jewellery artist has her special eyes to find pleasure from small things, feels inspiring from Asian public issue, expressing in a western way, making jewellery as a part of her daily life.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work? 
I don’t think so. Every designer has own way of thinking and making, and everyone can see the world from totally different angles. There is no way to judge a good man or a bad man, neither do standard for jewellery. Though nowadays, many designs seem alike, but taste and style of making jewellery is a very personal thing and cannot be standardized.  
For me, I born with an Asian mind but was influenced by West culture. I used to get inspired by some Asian public issues and then transform them into a western way of expressing.  

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)? 
I want the public to see the meaning behind my works.  

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work? 

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was... 
The last work has moved me was Otto Kunzli’s Ball brooch stands on the shoulder, I can feel a very touchable peace and happy.  
The last book has moved me was my baby’s books” I love you this much”, simple but warm. 
The last film has moved me was Murder on the Orient Express
The last city that has moved me was Iceland.

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me... 
A small city called Nara, Japan. I went to a small family restaurant, the housewife made a very smart instalment from card paper.  

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
Yes. Otto Kunzli (favourite forever), Melanie Georgacopoulos, Evelie Mouila. 

What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
All the works made from my true wants.  
Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
Klimt02, Vogue, Pinterest, Granary 1. 

Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person? 
With my partner, who is a ceramic designer. With an inner me. 

What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?, What do you expect for?
Future for me is like “a good news and a bad news”. I am afraid of the unknowns, but at the meantime expecting for a better me with a stronger mind to make works and live on.
Xing Zhou. Bracelet: Untitled, 2013. Acrylic, jade.. 10 x 10 x 2.5 cm. Xing Zhou
Bracelet: Untitled, 2013
Acrylic, jade.
10 x 10 x 2.5 cm
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