Sishi Wang

Born in Sichuan and raised in Shenzhen, China, Sishi Wang started her university experience in 2011, majoring in Public Administration at Guangdong University of Education in China. After two years, she took advantage of a “Work and Travel” program which brought her to the United States. She found her passion for metalsmithing by taking a jewelry design class at the College of the Albemarle in North Carolina. Sishi received a BFA in Metal Design at East Carolina University in 2019, and she got her MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design at Indiana University Bloomington in 2023. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally and has been published in Transformation in Contemporary Enamels.

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The Price to Pay

Date of Creation: May 15, 2023

List of Materials: Fine silver, dry chrysanthemum

Dimensions: 9.5 x 4.25 x 4.25in

Photographer's Name: Sishi Wang

Conceptual Statement: This past Christmas, I received a phone call from my cousin letting me know my grandmother was hospitalized. She passed away before I could even find a flight back to China. This was one of my biggest fears living abroad. There is a price to pay as an international student which is being far away from home and family. This urn represents the loss of a loved one and the emptiness I feel for not being able to see her one last time. In China, we give yellow chrysanthemums to the deceased. It is a symbol of mourning and grief within flower language. China has a rich flower culture. By piercing those flowers, I ask viewers to think of their loved ones who are no longer with them.

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