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Dian Chen

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Published: 08.10.2020
Dian Chen. Head Piece: Queer Beard, 2019. Gold plated silver, cold enamel, black agate.. 17 x 5 x 20 cm. Photo by: Dian Chen. From series: Queer Beard. Dian Chen
Head Piece: Queer Beard, 2019
Gold plated silver, cold enamel, black agate.
17 x 5 x 20 cm
Photo by: Dian Chen
From series: Queer Beard
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Dian Chen. Piece: Queer Beard, 2019. Gold plated silver, cold enamel, black agate.. 6.8 x 1 x 3.5 cm. Photo by: Dian Chen. From series: Queer Beard. Dian Chen
Piece: Queer Beard, 2019
Gold plated silver, cold enamel, black agate.
6.8 x 1 x 3.5 cm
Photo by: Dian Chen
From series: Queer Beard
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Dian Chen. Set: Queer Beard, 2019. Gold plated silver, cold enamel, crystal, artificial gemstones.. Necklace: 25 x 0.3 x 25 cm; Earrings: 3.5 x 0.3 x 32 cm (left), 3.5 x 0.3 x 25.5 cm (right). Photo by: Dian Chen. From series: Queer Beard. Dian Chen
Set: Queer Beard, 2019
Gold plated silver, cold enamel, crystal, artificial gemstones.
Necklace: 25 x 0.3 x 25 cm; Earrings: 3.5 x 0.3 x 32 cm (left), 3.5 x 0.3 x 25.5 cm (right)
Photo by: Dian Chen
From series: Queer Beard
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Dian Chen. Necklace: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019. Silver, aluminium, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.. 27 x 6 x 28 cm. Photo by: Dian Chen. From series: Cyborg Rainbow. Dian Chen
Necklace: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019
Silver, aluminium, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.
27 x 6 x 28 cm
Photo by: Dian Chen
From series: Cyborg Rainbow
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Dian Chen. Necklace: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019. Silver, aluminium, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.. 27 x 6 x 28 cm. Photo by: Dian Chen. From series: Cyborg Rainbow. Alternate view.. Dian Chen
Necklace: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019
Silver, aluminium, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.
27 x 6 x 28 cm
Photo by: Dian Chen
From series: Cyborg Rainbow

Alternate view.

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Dian Chen. Necklace: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019. Silver, aluminium, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.. 27 x 6 x 28 cm. Photo by: Dian Chen. From series: Cyborg Rainbow. Alternate view.. Dian Chen
Necklace: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019
Silver, aluminium, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.
27 x 6 x 28 cm
Photo by: Dian Chen
From series: Cyborg Rainbow

Alternate view.

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Dian Chen. Bracelet: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019. Silver, aluminum, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.. 13 x 9 x 13 cm. Photo by: Dian Chen. From series: Cyborg Rainbow. Dian Chen
Bracelet: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019
Silver, aluminum, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.
13 x 9 x 13 cm
Photo by: Dian Chen
From series: Cyborg Rainbow
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Dian Chen. Necklace: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019. Silver, aluminum, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.. 27 x 3 x 28 cm. Photo by: Dian Chen. From series: Cyborg Rainbow. Dian Chen
Necklace: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019
Silver, aluminum, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.
27 x 3 x 28 cm
Photo by: Dian Chen
From series: Cyborg Rainbow
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Dian Chen. Pendant: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019. Silver, aluminum, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.. 11 x 6 x 20 cm. Photo by: Dian Chen. From series: Cyborg Rainbow. Dian Chen
Pendant: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019
Silver, aluminum, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.
11 x 6 x 20 cm
Photo by: Dian Chen
From series: Cyborg Rainbow
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Dian Chen. Ring: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019. Silver, aluminum, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.. 7 x 2.5 x 6 cm. Photo by: Dian Chen. From series: Cyborg Rainbow. Dian Chen
Ring: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019
Silver, aluminum, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.
7 x 2.5 x 6 cm
Photo by: Dian Chen
From series: Cyborg Rainbow
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Dian Chen. Ring: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019. Silver, aluminum, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.. 6.8 x 2.5 x 6.5 cm. Photo by: Dian Chen. From series: Cyborg Rainbow. Dian Chen
Ring: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019
Silver, aluminum, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.
6.8 x 2.5 x 6.5 cm
Photo by: Dian Chen
From series: Cyborg Rainbow
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Dian Chen. Ring: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019. Silver, aluminum, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.. 6.8 x 2.5 x 6.5 cm. Photo by: Dian Chen. From series: Cyborg Rainbow. On body.. Dian Chen
Ring: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019
Silver, aluminum, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.
6.8 x 2.5 x 6.5 cm
Photo by: Dian Chen
From series: Cyborg Rainbow

On body.

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Dian Chen. Set: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019. Silver, aluminum, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.. 12 x 2 x 20 cm. Photo by: Dian Chen. From series: Cyborg Rainbow. Dian Chen
Set: Cyborg Rainbow, 2019
Silver, aluminum, acrylic, stainless steel, rubber tube.
12 x 2 x 20 cm
Photo by: Dian Chen
From series: Cyborg Rainbow
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Intro
My name is Dian Chen, I graduated from MA Jewellery Design in Central Saint Martins UAL, and now I am working as an independent jewellery artist in London. I use conceptual jewellery and other body-linked objects as my primary media to explore the role of jewellery in the body-outside dynamic world relationship. Materializing bold imaginations, I give a thoughtful debate about the topics of posthumanism, feminism, LGBTQ movements, identity and gender equality. In 2017, I established my own brand – Ddesign in a vision of combining conceptual jewellery with business publicity. In 2019, my graduation project “Queer Beard & Cyborg Rainbow” was acquired by CSM Museum for permanent collection.

Statement

My exploration direction is to discuss the possibilities of how jewellery can be an effective interface between humans and place, body and objects, human to human relationship, especially in the context of political-right aspect, like gender equality campaign. My current finished work is “Queer Beard & Cyborg Rainbow”. Inspired by visual elements found in historical LGBTQ movements especially the gender symbols, I build the first limb of my work of gender equality and LGBTQ rights jewellery intending to reflect the spirit of mutual respect, gender proudness, and support for equality. Particularly I used their symbols to mimic facial hairs in this collection, and hopefully, it will work as a humorous approach challenging rigid recognition of genders or gender stenotypes. The purpose of my design is to enable people who share the same beliefs in supporting LGBTQ rights campaigns make a clear, delightful yet elegant voice by wearing my jewellery.

After the review of the historical aspect, a free imagination of the future was then reflected in the second limb of the project. Informed by philosophers like Rosi Braidotti and Donna Haraway, I developed a deep interest in approaching gender identity issues through the concepts of the cyborg, cyber-punk and science fiction in pop culture to construct the super surreal series to discuss the question of fluidity of gender and identity in a post-human age. Most importantly, this series is a participatory piece in which basic frames and interchangeable spare-parts are manufactured using industrial materials, that allows the wearers to replace and even remake the jewellery using all those spare "chips and bars". In this process of self-controlled changing and overall infinity of possibilities, I try to construct a fantasy of a cyborg and post-human future to break the perception traditionally of gender and identity.

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