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About This Artist
Stina Siqiong Wen recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Jewelry. Although she was trained in traditional metalsmithing in her undergrad study, she is also passionate about exploring alternative materials and observing everything in her daily life that infuses her creative process. Serendipity is one of the most important words during her studio practice. During her graduate studies, she invented unique soft concrete jewelry that intrigues interaction between wearers and viewers, visually and tactually. Stina’s works have been exhibited at New York Jewelry Week, Milano Jewelry Week, Russian Contemporary Jewelry Show, Association of Contemporary Jewelry, Philadelphia Contemporary Craft Show (PMA), Smithsonian American Craft Show (ACC), as well as international online exhibitions.
Q&A With This Artist
A: I work primarily with concrete. Growing up in an urban city where natural and industrial coexist harmoniously brought me a different perspective. To me, it is not austere and bland but flexible and shape-able material. I manipulate it in my own way to challenge its softness, tactility, and transparency. The transition of material from coarse to soft intrigues viewers to see and touch my jewelry.
A: I strive to bring the visual and haptic quality of jewelry through contrasting colors and alternative materials to share serendipity. As a child, I used touch to explore the world around me, and with my jewelry, I hope to evoke that same curiosity by encouraging intuitive touch. It ultimately provokes dynamic interactions between wearer and viewer, visually and tactually. Each piece has its own unexpected surprise, audience will find it once they interact with it.
A: Serendipity plays an important role in my jewelry practice because it always occurs in my material exploration and working process. It has happened in numerous materials, but through using concrete, one of the materials I explored, I saw a direct correlation between material and serendipity. As a jeweler who works through materials to express concept, the material does not always move in the direction I want, so I occasionally become stuck. Serendipity steps in to show me the new direction and offers a breakthrough, where I can leave the comfort zone of the previous work and move to the next stage. That is how I start inventing my soft concrete jewelry.
A: I love the big and twinkling eyes of my mother, and she said the secret to keeping her eyes beautiful is not losing the interest to discover beauty. She finds beauty everywhere in life, even in her garden. An insect bites a hole in the petal of the flowers she planted, but what she notices is how appealing the pattern of the insect is and how unique the plant is after being bitten. Her attitude toward life deeply influenced me.
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