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Xuan Ma

Jeweller
Published: 14.10.2019

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Xuan Ma brings elements of the human body into jewellery in her recent collection Private View.
 
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Xuan Ma. Body piece: Armpit, 2019. Brass with silver plating.. 17 x 20 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Rachel Wong. Xuan Ma
Body piece: Armpit, 2019
Brass with silver plating.
17 x 20 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Rachel Wong
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Xuan Ma. Body piece: Elbow, 2019. Brass with silver plating.. 7 x 7 x 7 cm. Photo by: Rachel Wong. Xuan Ma
Body piece: Elbow, 2019
Brass with silver plating.
7 x 7 x 7 cm
Photo by: Rachel Wong
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Xuan Ma. Piece: Inside the Mouth, 2019. Brass with silver plating.. 4 x 6 x 8 cm. Photo by: Rachel Wong. Xuan Ma
Piece: Inside the Mouth, 2019
Brass with silver plating.
4 x 6 x 8 cm
Photo by: Rachel Wong
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Xuan Ma. Hand Piece: Look Back, 2019. Brass with silver plating.. 2 x 10 x 40 cm. Photo by: Rachel Wong. Xuan Ma
Hand Piece: Look Back, 2019
Brass with silver plating.
2 x 10 x 40 cm
Photo by: Rachel Wong
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Xuan Ma. Body piece: Private View, 2019. Brass with silver plating.. Photo by: Rachel Wong. Xuan Ma
Body piece: Private View, 2019
Brass with silver plating.
Photo by: Rachel Wong
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Xuan Ma. Piece: Teeth, 2019. Brass with silver plating.. 15 x 6 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Rachel Wong. Xuan Ma
Piece: Teeth, 2019
Brass with silver plating.
15 x 6 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Rachel Wong
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Xuan Ma. Neckpiece: The Chin, 2019. Brass with silver plating.. 2 x 17 x 30 cm. Photo by: Rachel Wong. Xuan Ma
Neckpiece: The Chin, 2019
Brass with silver plating.
2 x 17 x 30 cm
Photo by: Rachel Wong
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Xuan Ma. Ring: The Head, 2019. Brass with silver plating.. 12 x 12 x 3. Photo by: Rachel Wong. Xuan Ma
Ring: The Head, 2019
Brass with silver plating.
12 x 12 x 3
Photo by: Rachel Wong
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Intro
Xuan Ma is a London based Chinese jewellery designer. Having graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2019 with a Bachelor (honours) degree in jewellery design, she is currently continuing her studies at Royal College of Arts in Masters of Jewellery and Metal course. Seeing contemporary jewellery as a platform for artistic expression, her bachelor’s graduate collection Private View explored the human body, advocated and combined them into elements of jewellery. Private View was nominated for The MullenLowe NOVA Awards and has won the prize of Autor Magazine 2019.

Statement

For me, jewellery is a creative language to communicate my personal understandings and design ideology to others. After numerous trials and failures in the workshop, I was able to transform all the ideas that seem impossible at first into reality. Thus, I was fascinated by the incredibly enjoyable working process. Another motivation for me is to explore more possibilities in jewellery by applying the newly discovered materials or new effects to my work.
 
About Private View:
My collection of jewellery uses reflective surfaces to see and rediscover our bodies emphasising a new, meaningful way to appreciate and understand ourselves. I realise in our everyday life, reflective, shiny surfaces are everywhere and the notion of reflection and positive self-reflection is complex and is too often experienced in a comparative, judgemental way – a selfie is not in fact for oneself even if taking one is a private act. Our obsession with self-image and comparisons with others is everywhere. I realised the strongest reason why we take photos is not just about memories, it is about getting familiar to ourselves—to record and see different views of ourselves.
To create a more meaningful way of looking, I started to develop serendipitous ways to appreciate the uniqueness of our bodies, especially by highlighting the parts that we can’t directly observe ourselves which in my opinion can be found a true sense of self-beauty. Using my metalwork skills, I have made wearable personal mirrors, which help capture these hidden beauty spots, momentarily or just long enough to instil in us a positive act of self-appreciation rather than of judging oneself.
Each piece of my collection reveals a part of the body you can’t see yourself such as the inside of the mouth, the teeth, the armpit, bottom, top of the head, elbow, chin and the private parts. I have designed the pieces so that when they are not being worn or used, they can be placed on a table or hung on a wall, as you would with an ordinary mirror. This collection allowed me to rediscover how beautiful the unseen body can be and how a mirrored jewellery object can be empowering. 

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2019:
Exhibition  19 Jun 2019 - 23 Jun 2019  Central Saint Martins. BA Degree Show 2019.

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Article:  “SO MINT! Private View by Xuan Ma”. Current Obsession:  2019
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