20th July - 30th Sept 2007
'Wood You?'
Exciting new showcase of thirteen internationally
renowned jewellery artists working in wood.



Necklace in linden wood and red silk thread
1 2 3 4

 

 


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Yu-Chun Chen

"We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into pot
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.

We work with being
but non-being is what we use"

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, 500 BC.

I was brought up under the Chinese culture in Taiwan and then had my artistic educations in Italy and the Netherlands. The eastern and the western culture come to a confluence in me and consequently come into my work. The circular and the linear, the introvert and the extrovert, the tranquil and the active come together. I feel like I belong to the group of people who bear witness to the “globalization” of culture and to the increasing number of lives being shaped by global migration and displacement. My way of seeing, and ways of making work, have been shaped by these diverse culture crossings and subsequently cannot be reduced to one, unadulterated origin.
In my recent work, I intend to interpret my eastern origin, together with the western culture that I am nourished with, to attribute both cultures through my hands into the jewellery work, into something visual and tactile. It has to do with the senses and sentiments . By using various materials, my interest is in narrating the trivial part of life that people might not notice at first sight and conveying delightful thoughts.

Back to the philosophy by Lao Tzu mentioned in the beginning, which inspired me a lot, I am working with the ‘being’ (the form, the shape of things, the existing material) but the ‘non-being’ (the content, the feeling, the delightful thoughts) is what I would like people to use.

Biographical details

Artists taking part in 'Wood You?' are: Stephanie Jendis, Germany; Mette Jensen, Denmark; Marianne Schliwinski, Germany; Katy Hackney, UK; Ulrich Reithofer, Austria; Julia Harrison, USA; Yu-Chun Chen, Taiwan; Ramon Puig Cuyas, Spain; Grace Girvan, UK; Terhi Tolvanen, Finland; Beppe Kessler, Holland; Marie Uhlirova, Czech Republic; Marielle Ledoux, Uruguay.