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Jewellery & Metal (MA)

Yolanda Zheng

Yolanda Zheng is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Amoy, China. As a Buddhist, she is searching for inner peace in this time which changes rapidly, also, she hopes to embrace the chaos, the energy, the feeling of being alive, and to share her positive attitude with people by expressing the light in her heart in her works.

Yolanda has been exposed to traditional Chinese fine arts since she was very young. She earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the Minzu University of China. Thanks to this period of learning, architectural elements often appear in her work. Yolanda’s works are not confined to flat forms, but usually, appear in three-dimensional form. During her master's studies, she was interested in brooch back forms and traditional hand crafts. Yolanda makes extensive use of hand metalwork, stone setting, and variations of brooch backs within her work.

Yolanda’s artwork has been shown in China, Romania, and the UK.

Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

Jewellery & Metal (MA)

My works have mostly originated from personal experiences and feelings, especially experiences that bring us a sense of happiness. In this brutal world, people often lose themselves and their perception and experience of happiness are becoming less and less, so I hope to communicate with viewers about the meaning of life and happiness through my work.


Because of my interest in philosophy and psychology, I have done a lot of exploring and thinking about the meaning of life by reading masterpieces of philosophers and psychologists. In this grand universe, our lives are meaningless in general. I tend to believe that people can find and enjoy happiness in the moment. This led to research based on my own experiences of happiness, and also to record all these pleasant feelings and moments through my jewellery practice.


On artistic style, I esteem myself as a narrative jeweler, which means I prefer to use my personal experiences and feelings as a starting point. In my work, I hope to embrace the chaos, the energy, the feeling of being alive by capturing special moments and to share my positive attitude with people by expressing the light in my heart. I love to work with metal and gemstones to express my theme. Metal - a relatively strong material, underscores these narratives (pursuing happiness) as an ephemeral and eternal material.


SODA-1 — Soda spills from the glass Jumping out with bubbles Towards summer happiness
SODA-DETAILS — Soda spills from the glass Jumping out with bubbles Towards summer happiness
SODA-A FLOWER ROOTS IN MY HEART — A video express what is my work about Soda spills from the glass Jumping out with bubbles Towards summer happiness

Soda spills from the glass

Jumping out with bubbles

Towards summer happiness

https://youtube.com/shorts/1LEoXQXbN8g?feature=share

Medium:

925silver, zirconia

Size:

43*38*57mm
SODA WATER-1 — Soda matches summer Splash ~ Dancing into my cup Bubble ~ Bubble ~ Happiness must be hidden in every drop
SODA WATER-DETAILS — Soda matches summer Splash ~ Dancing into my cup Bubble ~ Bubble ~ Happiness must be hidden in every drop
SODA WATER-DETAILS — Soda matches summer Splash ~ Dancing into my cup Bubble ~ Bubble ~ Happiness must be hidden in every drop

Soda matches summer

Splash ~

Dancing into my cup

Bubble ~ Bubble ~

Happiness must be hidden in every drop

Medium:

925silver, zirconia

Size:

68*35*37mm
SODA WATER-2 — Soda flows in my mouth Happiness explodes everywhere
SODA WATER-2-details — Soda flows in my mouth Happiness explodes everywhere
SODA WATER-2-wearing — Soda flows in my mouth Happiness explodes everywhere
SODA WATER — video Soda flows in my mouth Happiness explodes everywhere

Soda flows in my mouth

Happiness explodes everywhere 

https://youtu.be/DYQA3JJtS4o

Medium:

925silver, zirconia

Size:

68*82*89mm
BUBBLE — Bubbles smile at me through glass Bubbling up and up higher ~ Bang ~ The bubbles burst into happy air
BUBBLE-TOPVIEW — Bang ~ The bubbles burst into happy air

Bubbles smile at me through glass

Bubbling up and up higher ~

Bang ~

The bubbles burst into happy air

Medium:

925silver, zirconia, resin

Size:

36*36*57mm
SUNSHINE — I try to pour warm sunshine Into my veins It kisses and hugs Every inch of my skins
SUNSHINE-WEARING — I try to pour warm sunshine Into my veins It kisses and hugs Every inch of my skins
SUNSHINE-DETAILS — (skin texture) I try to pour warm sunshine Into my veins It kisses and hugs Every inch of my skins

I try to pour warm

sunshine

Into my veins

It kisses and hugs

Every inch of my skins

Medium:

925silver, zirconia

Size:

101*96*89mm
BREEZE — The breeze always flirts with me It strokes my hair and lifts the hem of my skirt So every time My heart is dancing It is because of the breezing
BREEZE-DETAILS — The breeze always flirts with me It strokes my hair and lifts the hem of my skirt So every time My heart is dancing It is because of the breezing

The breeze always flirts with me

It strokes my hair

and lifts the hem of my skirt

So every time

My heart is dancing

It is because of the breezing

Medium:

925silver, zirconia

Size:

68*38*85mm