The tactility of nostalgia III

Yujun Jiang

Artist Statement: My project explores the intimacy that exists between my mother and I, and the healing that comes from maternal energy by using the narrative expression of contemporary jewelry. The objects in my life that contain childhood memories are recreated by hand using discarded horsehair, enamel metalwork, and sewing to trace the tactile memories of touching my mother’s hair during my childhood. At the same time, I use the language of jewelry to symbolically transform and combine childhood trauma and fond memories, trying to tell the process of self-healing and growth as a woman.

Materials: Copper, Coppermesh, Enamel, Silicone, Horsehair

Dimensions: 11 x 10 inches

Educational Institution: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

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