FLUX
Nine New Graduates
Energize the Jewellery World

12th Sept - 10th Nov 2019

Charcoal – brooch in charcoal powder and 18ct Fair trade yellow gold – half worn

Charcoal – brooch in charcoal powder and 18ct Fair trade yellow gold – half worn

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RUHONG CHEN
‘The Only Permanence is Impermanence’

Buddhism philosophy proposes that individuals are merely collections of strands of experience, and everything in the world is constantly changing, so everything has an essence of impermanence. It goes on to posit that suffering can be overcome when people become mindful of the impermanence of reality.
 
Inspired by this philosophy, my work explores the idea of building in fragility through the integration of transient materials such as talc, soil, and charcoal.  These jewellery pieces have a lifespan and go through a transformative process, physically and conceptually, when interacting with the wearer.  Hidden preciousness is eventually revealed through the act of wearing and wearing out the jewellery pieces.

The pearls and gold revealed in the jewellery symbolise the state of serenity achieved through acceptance of our own impermanent state.  The wearer can draw their own symbolic values and meanings from experiencing this transitory jewellery collection.

Biographical Details

FLUX - Nine New Graduates: Jordan Furze, School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University; Ruhong Chen, Edinburgh College of Art; Dong Ding, Edinburgh College of Art; Tianyu Zhao, Edinburgh College of Art;
Louise Mason
, The Cass-London Metropolitan University; Qingyang Shen, Edinburgh College of Art;
William Sharp
, Glasgow School of Art; Poppy Norton, Morley College, London; Holly Stant, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester.