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Yunqi Zhang

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Published: 19.12.2019
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Yunqi Zhang. Installation: Belief, 2019. Video, old TVs, counterfeit money.. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Memorial. Yunqi Zhang
Installation: Belief, 2019
Video, old TVs, counterfeit money.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial
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Yunqi Zhang
Installation: Belief, 2019
Video, old TVs, counterfeit money.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Video 1: Burning

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Yunqi Zhang
Installation: Belief, 2019
Video, old TVs, counterfeit money.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Video 2: DVD.

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Yunqi Zhang
Installation: Belief, 2019
Video, old TVs, counterfeit money.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Video 3: Printing.

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Yunqi Zhang
Installation: Belief, 2019
Video, old TVs, counterfeit money.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Video 4: Smoking.

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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Memory Container, 2019. Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Memorial. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Memory Container, 2019
Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial
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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Memory Container, 2019. Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Memorial. Individual view, when the box is opened.. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Memory Container, 2019
Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Individual view, when the box is opened.

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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Memory Container, 2019. Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Memorial. Individual view, when the box is closed.. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Memory Container, 2019
Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Individual view, when the box is closed.

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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Memory Container, 2019. Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Memorial. Detail view of one box, a poem is printed on the inner side of the box.. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Memory Container, 2019
Photo print on brass, brass, red thread.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Detail view of one box, a poem is printed on the inner side of the box.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: When it close it is an empty box but holding my precious memory, 2019. Photo print on brass, brass, red thread, gold ring.. 3 x 3 x 3 cm. From series: Memorial. Jewel box.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: When it close it is an empty box but holding my precious memory, 2019
Photo print on brass, brass, red thread, gold ring.
3 x 3 x 3 cm
From series: Memorial
Jewel box.

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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Disremember, 2019. Ice, ashes.. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Memorial. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Disremember, 2019
Ice, ashes.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial
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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Disremember, 2019. Ice, ashes.. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Memorial. Detail view.. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Disremember, 2019
Ice, ashes.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Detail view.

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Object: Disremember, 2019
Ice, ashes.
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Memorial

Disremember. Ice installation, performance Death is cold, But it is not.
This video is about the installation work Disremember.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Love Piece, 2018. Silver, micro-slide, saliva.. From series: Love Piece. Two wedding ring and two pair of earrings.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Love Piece, 2018
Silver, micro-slide, saliva.
From series: Love Piece
Two wedding ring and two pair of earrings.

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Yunqi Zhang. Ring: Love Piece, 2018. Silver, micro-slide, saliva.. Yunqi Zhang
Ring: Love Piece, 2018
Silver, micro-slide, saliva.
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Yunqi Zhang. Ring: Love Piece, 2018. Silver, micro-slide, saliva.. Detail view.. Yunqi Zhang
Ring: Love Piece, 2018
Silver, micro-slide, saliva.

Detail view.

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Yunqi Zhang. Photograph: Mark, 2017. Photo by: Yunqi Zhang. From series: Cure. Yunqi Zhang
Photograph: Mark, 2017
Photo by: Yunqi Zhang
From series: Cure
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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Pearl, 2017. Pearls, stainless steel.. From series: Cure. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Pearl, 2017
Pearls, stainless steel.
From series: Cure
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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Pearl, 2017. Pearls, stainless steel.. From series: Cure. On body.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Pearl, 2017
Pearls, stainless steel.
From series: Cure

On body.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Pearl, 2017. Pearls, stainless steel.. From series: Cure. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Pearl, 2017
Pearls, stainless steel.
From series: Cure
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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Pearl, 2017. Pearls, stainless steel.. From series: Cure. On body.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Pearl, 2017
Pearls, stainless steel.
From series: Cure

On body.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Pearl, 2017. Pearls, stainless steel.. From series: Cure. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Pearl, 2017
Pearls, stainless steel.
From series: Cure
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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Pearl, 2017. Pearls, stainless steel.. From series: Cure. On body.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Pearl, 2017
Pearls, stainless steel.
From series: Cure

On body.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Pearl, 2019. Pearls, stainless steel.. From series: Cure. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Pearl, 2019
Pearls, stainless steel.
From series: Cure
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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Pearl, 2019. Pearls, stainless steel.. From series: Cure. On body.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Pearl, 2019
Pearls, stainless steel.
From series: Cure

On body.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Poision, 2017. Needle, spray paint.. From series: Cure. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Poision, 2017
Needle, spray paint.
From series: Cure
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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Poision, 2019. Needle, spray paint.. From series: Cure. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Poision, 2019
Needle, spray paint.
From series: Cure
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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Toy, 2017. Ceramic. From series: Cure. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Toy, 2017
Ceramic
From series: Cure
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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Toy, 2017. Ceramic. From series: Cure. On body.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Toy, 2017
Ceramic
From series: Cure

On body.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Toy, 2017. Ceramic. From series: Cure. On body.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Toy, 2017
Ceramic
From series: Cure

On body.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Toy, 2017. Ceramic. From series: Cure. On body.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Toy, 2017
Ceramic
From series: Cure

On body.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Virus, 2017. Rubber. From series: Cure. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Virus, 2017
Rubber
From series: Cure
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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Virus, 2017. Rubber. From series: Cure. Detail view.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Virus, 2017
Rubber
From series: Cure

Detail view.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Virus, 2017. Rubber. From series: Cure. Detail view.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Virus, 2017
Rubber
From series: Cure

Detail view.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Virus, 2017. Rubber. From series: Cure. On body.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Virus, 2017
Rubber
From series: Cure

On body.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Virus, 2017. Rubber. From series: Cure. On body.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Virus, 2017
Rubber
From series: Cure

On body.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: Virus, 2017. Rubber. From series: Cure. On body.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: Virus, 2017
Rubber
From series: Cure

On body.

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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: First Time Wearing a Ring, 2016. Resin, silver plated.. From series: First Time Wearing a Ring. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: First Time Wearing a Ring, 2016
Resin, silver plated.
From series: First Time Wearing a Ring
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Yunqi Zhang. Necklace: First Time Wearing a Ring, 2016. Resin, silver plated.. From series: First Time Wearing a Ring. Yunqi Zhang
Necklace: First Time Wearing a Ring, 2016
Resin, silver plated.
From series: First Time Wearing a Ring
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Yunqi Zhang. Bangle: First Time Wearing a Ring, 2016. Resin, silver plated.. From series: First Time Wearing a Ring. Yunqi Zhang
Bangle: First Time Wearing a Ring, 2016
Resin, silver plated.
From series: First Time Wearing a Ring
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Yunqi Zhang. Ring: First Time Wearing a Ring, 2016. Resin, silver plated.. From series: First Time Wearing a Ring. Yunqi Zhang
Ring: First Time Wearing a Ring, 2016
Resin, silver plated.
From series: First Time Wearing a Ring
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Yunqi Zhang. Object: First Time Wearing a Ring, 2016. Resin, silver plated.. From series: First Time Wearing a Ring. Yunqi Zhang
Object: First Time Wearing a Ring, 2016
Resin, silver plated.
From series: First Time Wearing a Ring
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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Free, 2016. Copper, enamel, silver.. From series: My Little World. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Free, 2016
Copper, enamel, silver.
From series: My Little World
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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Calm, 2016. Copper, enamel, silver.. From series: My Little World. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Calm, 2016
Copper, enamel, silver.
From series: My Little World
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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Relax, 2019. Copper, enamel, silver.. From series: My Little World. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Relax, 2019
Copper, enamel, silver.
From series: My Little World
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Yunqi Zhang. Object: Endless, 2016. Copper, enamel, silver.. From series: My Little World. Yunqi Zhang
Object: Endless, 2016
Copper, enamel, silver.
From series: My Little World
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Intro
Born in China, Yunqi Zhang completed BA at Central Academy of Fine Arts with 3rd prize and came to Royal college of art in 2017. Questioning the material value, seeking the preciousness is always her core topic of creation. Through the 2 years in London, she attended a lot of exhibitions and been selected to the jewellery finalist of International Talent Support 2019. The current work “Memorial” is for memorising the personal loss. For her, the invisible emotional connection between family is the preciousness she was looking for. Death is cold, but it is not. We can’t stop forgetting, but the memorial we do keeps death from being cold. Death is beautiful at that moment.
When people think of the identity of jewellery, precious gemstones and metal come to mind. Because people have an indelible impression that jewellery is valuable. However, the value of jewellery is given by people and is determined by social, cultural and political values. We found material from nature and gave them stories and meanings then formed the identity of preciousness. Now Jewellery consumption is more about the values of modern society which is a serious question we need to think deeper. What is valuable for us?


We present 8 series of work by Yuqi Zhang: They are:
Series 1: Memorial
Series 2: Love Piece
Series 3: Cure
Series 4: First Time Wearing a Ring
Series 5: ​My Little World
Series 6: My Heart is Growing Thorn
Series 7: Sexy Mushroom
Series 8: Box



Series 1: Memorial
Date: June, 2018 - June, 2019

For my grandpa,
Preciousness.
06.06.2018 is my 24th birthday. On that day, I was having a birthday party with my friends in London. But at the same time in China, My parents were in the hospital waiting for the doctor to save my grandparents’ life.
A gas leak happened on that day at my grandparents’ house. My grandma was saved but my grandpa left forever. Everyone in my family has concealed this news for 2 months only for not to make me feel worried. When I went back to China in August, I missed everything. When I recall the “Happy Birthday” they said to me, the feeling is unspeakable.
I realised that my family, the emotional connection is the real preciousness I was looking for. This invisible connection has a temperature. It is stronger than anything. It is more valuable than the “precious” stones.
I am not sad anymore. But I want to do something for him to make up this big loss. So I made this collection to memorise my grandpa.

Belief./ Documenting.
In China, we burn paper goods (everything made from paper) to the dead such as paper money, paper car and paper house, etc. We believe that our loss is having the same life as us but in another world. They will receive the things we burned and have a good life there.
I print my grandparents’ marriage photo on the paper money and burn it to my grandpa. They never leave each other when he is alive. So I burn my own paper to accompany him.
The process of me making the whole collection is also the ceremony of me memorising my grandpa. So I record the process and choose 4 parts which are meaningful to show as part of my works.

Memory container./ Photo print on brass, red thread, gold ring.
Box is different from other containers. Because it is closed. People put their valuable things or secrets inside.
For me, photos are the carrier of memory. These old photos can even bring me back to the time I wasn’t born. I print them on brass and sew them together to become a box which inside is my precious memory. It can also be opened as a cube expansion diagram. Then it will become an album to retrospect the memory.
Material transition happened.
Paper — (burning) — air — (smoking) — Poem on the photo.
Sending wishes.

Disremember./ Ice installation, performance Death is cold, But it is not.
I went to cemeteries,
I heard the wind breezing and birds singing.
I saw people wiping the stones, putting flowers, sitting there in silence.
It is peaceful and emotional.
I saw a pile of abandoned gravestones looking like a mountain.
I realised that we will finally forget but we still keep remembering.
I put the dust photo inside ice urn and let it melt. With time goes by, the photo will melt with ice which is like my memory is getting blurry. Then I use the melted water to write a poem. It is another ceremony to send my wishes. We can’t stop forgetting, but the memorial we do keeps death from being cold. Death is beautiful at that moment.
Material transition.
Ice — (melting) — water — (writing) — Poem on the paper.
Sending wishes.




Series 2: Love Piece
Year: 2018

In general, everyone knows that there are billions of microbes and bacteria living with us. But with the publicity and antibiotics developed, people started resisting the microbes from psychological and physiological sides. Actually, they are the most important and basic part of human’s life. When we mention the precious thing, most people think of precious stones like diamonds and wedding ring holds the most meaningful place in our life. But life is more valuable than beauty.

I choose 2 wedding ring setting to inset the micro-slide, which on the top is kisses on the ring finger (a mixture of saliva and microbes). I kept the photo from microscope which we can clearly see details so people can know the preciousness we can’t see and we always ignore. This invisible wedding ring has temperature from lovers. It is more precious than the cold precious gemstones.



Series 3: Cure 
Year: 2017

As a way of expressing contemporary art, contemporary jewellery is no longer limited by any form of expression. But jewelry can well express the relationship between objects and the body. This is a special attribute of jewelry, and that is what I want to explore.
My work was inspired by Chinese medicine. After a variety of experiments, I decided to use acupuncture and cupping as the medium to create the CURE series. Because of their medical function, they have a natural connection with the human body, so  I use this subtle connection to express the relationship between jewelry and the human body.


Mark
Cupping leaves a mark on the body. Everyone's physique is different, therefore the color of the mark is not the same. I take this point and formalize the mark. It is special jewelry for everyone. With time goes by, the color fades gradually. It is also a kind of commemoration.

Pearl
The pearl is the tumour of the shell and it is also commonly used in jewelry language. I combine the pearls with the acupuncture to make the acupuncture a cure for our disease.
The pearl was originally a piece of sand in the shell, and the mother shell formed a beautiful pearl in the process of discharging it. I want to use the work to express good wishes with pearls. Mental health can influence the physical health a lot I hope that when people face diseases, both psychologically and physically, they can have a positive attitude.

Poison
By changing the needle's color and brightness to apply each person's physiological and psychological disease in a different level.
Physically, choose the color from the body pink to the black purple to express health and illness. Psychologically, choose the color from the bright yellow to the dark brown to express health and illness with lightness gradient.

Toy
Cupping takes the air out the cup to make it sucking on the body. I made the cups small to let it more like a game and having more fun.
Seeing the children playing with the Lego inspires me, so I want to make the cupping more interesting. I made it as small and fun like a toy. When users use them, they can forget the troubles and have a fun time like children.
The way to put these works on is the representation and it is also the way to heal. I hope the work can heal the soul of the people who wear them and make them feel back to childhood.

Virus
For the cupping tools, I made them with the bright color and shape of the virus, I choose the ceramic firing technique to realize this group of works. Cupping with fire is the most traditional way of cupping. The colorful virus inspires me. Cupping is the process of sucking out the toxins from the human body, I make the cup with virus shape to represent the result of the virus out. the materials can be glass and bamboo as well. I chose ceramics because ceramics can achieve bright colors. Compared with glass, ceramics are invisible during use. People can't see the uplifting part of the body during treatment, which can reduce some psychological pressure and fear. Also, the cute color and shapes can give people a pleasant visual enjoyment. In conclusion, I put poetic wishes in my work that I wish people see hope rather than a negative effect when they face illness.



Series 4: First Time Wearing a Ring
Year: 2016
There are a lot of rings. they are always worn on the hand and consistent with the definition of the ring in people’s heart. If a ring is not worn on the hand, but it is the most common ring image in the heart of people. I think it will be a new feeling for the people who wear it, this is the first time to wear a ring. On the ring itself, it is also a new definition. In The first time wearing ring topic, I chose the most typical ring diamond image simplify and abstract it, photosensitive resin for 3D printing to achieve the different size of the ring but with the same completely uniform in shape, it can give people an illusion from the picture, the inner ring with silver-plated, and in contrast to the white resin.


Series 5: ​My Little World
Year: 2016
My inspiration is the corner reflector. It is only in a sharp corner, the reflection of the mirror is invisible to our naked eyesight as if the next second is another world. Sometimes we have been under pressure to reach a limit that we need to relax .we are always in a state of relaxation, and at some point, we need to get nervous. I want to use this mirror to show some of my inner longings, it is the other side of my attitude, it is also my own small world.



Other series will be shown in the following months, stay tuned.

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2019:
Exhibition  18 Oct 2019 - 28 Oct 2019  Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition 2019.
Exhibition  02 Aug 2019 - 04 Aug 2019  Funeral and Nostalgia.
Exhibition  08 Apr 2019 - 25 Apr 2019  Material Statements.
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