‘USE’ ARTIST SPOTLIGHT – Xiaohui Yang

Currently on display at Hurstville Museum & Gallery is the exhibition USE. This exhibition features exquisitely crafted contemporary jewellery and small objects by seventeen artists from the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (Queensland Chapter), toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland.

Xiaohui Yang, image from milanojewelryweek.com

Xiaohui Yang is a Chinese artist who works with jewellery and ceramics. Xiaohui gained a Doctorate in Visual Arts at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and works as a lecturer in Jewellery Design at Shandong University of Art and Design. Xiaohui is inspired by the way the individual interacts with wearable art. Her sleek contemporary pieces aim to showcase the “visible, touchable, measurable and expressible circumstances of sensory experience to prove that the body and object interact and mutually shape, in a two-way record”.

Measurement – Distance Between Fingers Series, 2017, Silver, paper, varying sizes

“The jewellery objects attached to our skin not only decorate the body but also affect the wearer’s body space, physical behaviour, physical attitude and body culture. My research focuses on analysing the relationship between jewellery and body space.

By making jewellery with different materials and intended for different forms of wearing, I aim to detect and interrupt the personal and interpersonal spatiality around bodies in ways that explore and moderate physical and cultural body perceptions.” – Xiaohui Yang

Xiaohui has collaborated with fellow USE artist, Elizabeth Shaw to present Yang + Shaw: Tales from the Studio. This project explored how these two artists were shaped by their different contexts and explored the notions of society and culture through jewellery. Xiaohui was particularly inspired by the tension and clash between traditional Chinese and Western customs.

For more information you can visit Xiaohui’s Instagram.

USE is on exhibition at Hurstville Museum & Gallery until 25 October 2020.

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