Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
Rengliang Qiao, a melancholic Chinese artist, once said ‘we are all sick’. For me, this means that Riangliang, as an actor, aimed at telling us that what we show to others can be just the tip of the iceberg. Our true emotions are not usually visible and there is always an element of sadness inside of us. These ideas have become the starting point for the creation of my jewellery designs. I began exploring the concept of illness through the creation of ‘transparent boxes’, pieces that combine glass with real medical pills. With these, I want to symbolise our fragile human nature while reminding the viewer that while we are not transparent, our feelings still exist. My work started to develop as a narrative around the problem of emotional hiding and its relationship with psychological illnesses. I use materials such as resin and plastic to create pieces that resemble ordinary medicines or pill packaging. They can move and rotate suggesting different meanings. At the same time, every material and aesthetic choice is symbolic. For example, I use red to suggest blood, or self-harm. Black represents the dark, hidden emotions and I can use white to suggest hospital, but also calm or pureness. My jewellery pieces aim at telling a story. I wish to inspire the viewer to create their own narratives, to imagine the life of the person behind those medicines. What is their reason for taking them? What are their lives like? These questions however, would always remain a secret and my work wishes to express this mysterious feeling.
Resin, Plastic, Brass