Celebrating Twenty Years at Salts Mill
A Fantastical Array of International Art Jewellery

14th July - 25th Sept 2016

I am not a Vase – vase/necklace in brass and cotton

I am not a Vase – vase/necklace in brass and cotton

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Jing Yang

I Am Not a Vase

That phrase has two meanings.One of them is “I am not a vase, I am a jewellery.” The second interpretation originates from my homeland. The shape and the characteristics of the vase evoke associations with women. In China, a beautiful yet stupid woman is dubbed 'a vase' - gorgeous, but hollow. My theme “I am not a vase” boasts many semantic platforms.
Like jewellery, the vase is an object that balances between being a utensil and being a piece of art.

What interests me in jewellery is the element of art. Therefore, my vases have lost their functionality - they are created from circles, and these circles have subsequently been threaded on a string; thus constituting a peculiar necklace. Placed one on another, they resemble the shape of a vase.

In this way fragile and delicate structure emerges. my vases may fall apart at any moment ,which will alter their meaning again. It is as if they want the spectator to acknowledge that “I do not want to be a vase , I actually have something to say! ”

It is also worthwhile to ponder upon the opposite meaning by wearing the jewellery. “I am a vase ” means “I am beautiful.”

Biographical Details

20/20 Featuring work by twenty International Art Jewellers:
Carina Shoshtary, Germany; Sophie Hanagarth, Switzerland/France; Tithi Kutchamuch, Thailand;
Yojae Lee, South Korea; Jing Yang, China; Hee-ang Kim, South Korea; Deborah Rudolph, Germany;
Akiko Kurihara, Japan; Christoph Straube, Germany; Esther Suares Ruiz, Colombia; Ignasi Cavaller, Spain; Julia Baudler, Germany; Niklas Link, Germany; Thanh Truc Nguyen, Germany; Nils Hint, Estonia;
Patricia Domingues
, Portugal; Makiko Mitsunari, Japan; Lucie Houdkova, Czech Republic;
Klara Sipkova
, Czech Republic; Julie Decubber, France.