乌龙茶 (Oolong Tea)

Danni Xu

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North Providence, RI, United States
2021

13”x5”x1/2”

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Photo credit: Steffanie A. Padilla

I draw upon the stories of people who have experienced nostalgia to identify a sense of belonging to home. I create familiar objects specific to the stories of diasporic peoples to establish a connection between myself and the viewer or wearer, even when I am not present. As a former hotelier adept at initiating conversation, the goal of this work is to serve as a communication mediator, a way to find mutual interests among people in a proactive way.

In my practice, I address the following questions: Can jewelry build networks of connection across time and space? How does the format of jewelry impact the relationship between the wearer and the object? Can I project a feeling of nostalgia to help people process disconnection from home? I anticipate changes in behavior and attitude from the wearers as they reestablish a connection to home through jewelry.

Bio
Danni Xu received her MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 2021 and holds a BFA degree in Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design from Indiana University Bloomington. She has previously taught classes and workshops at Rhode Island School of Design, Lillstreet Art Center, Kean University and Penland School of Craft.

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