“I perceive my work as a ‘bridge’, between art and real life, leading people to know what exists on the unfamiliar side. And meantime, my work is my attitude – taking life both seriously and light-hearted.”

Yu Zhang is a jewellery artist who learns the contemporary craft skills and the knowledge of contemporary art in Birmingham City University. As she always interests in dredging up little-known facts and issues, naturally these issues become the inspirations of her works. Through her works she has investigated topics such as fear of marriage, sex culture and gender issues. Not to advertise them as serious social problems, to let people realize these issues are just very ordinary part of their life and rise the acceptance of society is the intention behind her works.

Her current project is the topic of transgender. She considers it as an important social issue which is special and needs understanding but rarely known by the public. She investigates and extracts key elements, seeks a proper analogy and presents it in a convincing way from her works. For current project, she chooses “plug” as the analogic element and utilizes metal and plaster as materials to create a collection that contains wearable jewellery and non-wearable objects. She keeps the original off-white colour of plaster and creates simple forms to highlight her concept.

 
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