2021, ARGENTIUM SILVER WIRE, 18K GOLD, 4.5 x 8 x 3 cm, photo credit to BACKGOUND FROM WEB, FINAL YAJING YAO
“Jewelry carries symbolic meaning of a space. From the moment we are born, each of us claims a space in this world. In Chinese culture, grandparents give newborn babies a longevity lock to express their blessing. This longevity lock blesses their path into their own space as they begin to own their name and breathe their own air. We slowly yet steadily form ourselves by being the captains of our souls through what I call space, where we become I. We must be conscious of every act we choose and involve ourselves in since each act defines who we are in the end. Conscious acts are both spiritual and precious as they may open our world to share ourselves, others are more protective.
This project is a visual representation of isolation in a private space, a personal space where peace, silence, and the mind can truly co-exist truly and where I could become myself and connect with my deeper self. It is a place where relaxation and breath can lead to a deeper connection into self.”
The artist is studying for an M.F.A. at Savannah College Of Art And Design. Her goal is to create long-lasting jewelry and accessories that aren’t just roughly beautiful but also have a soul passed on from generation to generation. Drawing inspiration from music subculture, philosophy, and art, Yao continuously seeks the perfect balance between meaning, beauty, and function while cherishing the heritage of making things by hand in the best possible way. Jewelry expresses a possibility that few observers have ever noticed: It’s ability to touch people. She uses a simple way to express complex thoughts, and she believes handmade can build a special relationship with jeweler and wearer.