Dongyi Wu

Dongyi Wu was born and raised in China. She is a contemporary jewelry artist based in San Antonio, USA. Dongyi received her Master’s Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in the US, and her Bachelor’s Degree from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in China. Dongyi has her works shown worldwide, where she won several awards, such as the winner of Preziosa Young 2020 in Italy, and the finalist for the LEAP award in the US in 2019.

Lin Wang is a contemporary photographer who was born and raised in China. Currently, Lin is working and living in Atlanta, GA, USA. Lin received her Master’s Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US and her Bachelor’s Degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in the US. Lin specializes in landscape photography and monochrome photography, which are both inspired by the concept of less is more. She believes that every moment captured by cameras represents and records a unique eternity of the moments.

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Passerby5 No.6

Date of Creation: November 1, 2020

List of Materials: Fabric, Plastic, Rubber Cord, Cotton, Sterling Silver, Stainless Steel, Sewing Thread

Dimensions: 3.3''x3.2''x1.1''

Photographer's Name: Lin Wang

Model's Name: Dongyi Wu

Other Contributors: Dongyi Wu: Jewelry piece/Makeup/Model Lin Wang: Photography/Styling/Assistant

Conceptual Statement: “Passerby” aims to capture the moments Dongyi observes people who walk next to her on streets, or people that are pictured in the photos inside fashion magazines. The inspiration for “Passerby5” comes from a young man who wore a mosaic suit, huge sneakers, and a cap with blue color on the street. He looked a little shy but wearing a high fashion style. Dongyi wants to express the contradiction between his personality and self-expression through wearable works. Blue is a color that can seem conservative and traditional, which usually associates with peace, relaxation, and order, but it was applied to the pieces with an energetic and fashionable style, which reproduced the personal style of the young man.

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Tired2

Date of Creation: 01/06/2019

List of Materials: Gloves, Fabric, Rubber, Cotton, Sterling silver, Aluminum Cans, Sewing thread, Rubber cord, Copper

Dimensions: 11.1”x7.2”x3”

Photographer's Name: Lin Wang

Model's Name: Dongyi Wu

Other Contributors: Dongyi Wu: Jewelry piece/Makeup/Model Lin Wang: Photography/Styling/Assistant

Conceptual Statement: The inspiration for Tired2 comes from a small and interesting moment in Dongyi's life, a tired afternoon. When Dongyi took her pen and sketchbook to figure out what to do next, she was very sleepy. She felt her eyes and eyelashes became so heavy and almost falling off from her eyes. To picture that feeling, the spherical eyes are transformed into the cylindrical shape by the influence of gravity pressure. The spiral circles made with black rubber are placed on the bottom of the cylinder, which means the pupil in the eyes. For Tired series, Dongyi applied different materials such as gloves, rubber, fabric, sterling silver and aluminum cans. She wants to express the warm feeling that always comes with tiredness by using the gloves and fabric on the artwork. The eyelashes were formed with light and flexible aluminum cans, which can express the eyelashes' texture while creating a contrast with the soft materials on the main body of the work.

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Grass, rocks, and garden01

Date of Creation: 01/02/2020

List of Materials: Rocks, photo, photo laminating sheets, copper, paper, Sterling silver, stainless steel

Dimensions: 3.0"x2.13"x0.59"

Photographer's Name: Lin Wang

Model's Name: Dongyi Wu

Other Contributors: Dongyi Wu: Jewelry piece/Makeup/Model Lin Wang: Photography/Styling/Assistant

Conceptual Statement: The inspiration for the Grass, rocks and garden comes from a Japanese novel No Longer Human. The story chronicles the miserable and despairing life stories of Ōba Yōzō from his early childhood to his late twenties. He became a troubled man incapable of revealing his true self to others, and who, instead, maintained a facade of hollow jocularity to try to survive in the society that made him feel scared. However, Dongyi found his sensitive, pure, and wise soul hidden by his struggling and despairing statement. Dongyi imagined his lively soul as a fresh salmon strip, but abandoned at a corner. Many people pass by, but no one is trying to pay attention to it. Dongyi hopes the series of works that could remind us of the things abandoned by us might be pure and precious. To bring audiences into the environments created by the artworks, Dongyi arranged photos with people's feet to represent the perspectives from abandoned salmon strips.

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