Wei Si is a jewellery designer from China. She has an undergraduate background in product design in Jiangnan University and went to Lahti University of Applied Science for an exchange study in jewellery design in Finland. In last few years, her work has been exhibited in many places. Among these, her ‘Body Museum’ collection was nominated by the Wall Street Journal US, selected for Author 2020 and published in “New Bracelet”.
This project is mostly inspired by my core theme project of the first year in RCA, which start from the perspective of blood genetic diseases, put the focus on the combination of fertility concepts, also gives materials gender attributes, substitutes into the concept of Yin and Yang, which also represents fire and water，male and female in ancient China. and studies the combination of water - based materials and fire - based materials from the attribute, state and craft.
So when I go further and start thinking the age of new identity like nowadays, when the whole world is forcibly connected by electronic media, we are all put in the huge sea of information. But what is perceived, instead, is the partial, one-sided and fragmented reality. We cannot unite past, present and future in the sense of coherence, nor can we form a relatively stable self in the sense of coherence. Especially electronic media make it possible to copy and spread information and emotions. Besides, our perceptions and emotions of ourselves are also constantly being impacted and washed on social media. In another word, Self and identity are constantly subverted and reconfirmed, which are in some kind of state of flow.
Our sense of identity is like DNA in our bodies, continually replicating itself, reconnecting and reproducing, to form an ever-spreading network of spirit. So I wanna use fluid materials to create a complete new genetic chain, to symbolize the connection between the living body and the data world, the self and the outside world, the present and the future. In the era of the Internet, by thinking about the connection mode among people, we can think about how to determine the boundary between my identity and the outside world, and how to grasp and feel the existence of myself in the information world that is constantly flowing and eroding, and in the era when social distance is gradually popularized to the default concept.
Model dynamic change process