Danielle Shum

Artist Statement: My work explores a cultural narrative of dueling identities, and metamorphic processes in the natural world and within one’s self-image. The use of enamel and cloisonné depict fragile subjects often influenced by my cultural experiences as an Asian-American. My pieces examine my struggle with emotional vulnerability, learning and understanding aggressive traditions such as cormorant fishing, and conflicting superstitions. These influences, traditions, and superstitions could be easily ignored, especially by those who did not grow up with these cultural influences, but it also asks me to choose which parts of my culture to accept or deny.

Materials: Sterling silver, fine silver, enamel, steel

Dimensions: 6.1 cm x 4.8 cm x 0.5 cm

Educational Institution: Indiana University

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