Yishan Zhang

My contemporary jewellery collection draws inspiration from fragmentized and creasing textures. I began by looking at broken glasses or ceramics and was interested in the way that by focusing on the particular fragments, the details and textures started to become more important and attracted my eye.


With this inspiration, I experiment with different materials such as aluminum foil paper, Acrylic paints and metals in order to create my own textures. The aluminum foil is a cheap material and easy to manipulate, and I tried to explore the deeper properties of it. These creations at the same time, suggested similarities with other natural things such as volcanic rocks, or burnt wood, which attracted me. I tried to use different colors to create significant contrast, such as I spray paint the outside of foil into black and I use bright colors like red and orange to paint inside of it, make it looks like magma coming out of the rocks.


My original idea was about to challenge around broken things as wasteful or useless. Rather, I aim at giving them a new meaning focused on their abstract beauty, not their function. My work is therefore a reinvention of the aesthetics, calling for attention to the visual properties. I would like people to find the inner and hidden beauty in the objects around them rather than valuing them for their functionality or purpose. 


Aluminium, Painting



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