2019, Acrylic, sterling silver, copper, stainless steel (pin), 120 x 70 x 10 mm, photo credit to Shuoyuan Bai
“Nature is unpredictable, and it is through uncertainty that nature is beautiful. This ideology is represented in traditional gardens in eastern culture, where these landscapes are more than visual representations of aesthetics. They are the embodiment of people’s understanding of the world, manifested through bringing nature and architecture together. The ever-changing scenery is beautiful, and poetic; but more importantly, emotional, and reflective. The same understanding could be applied to metalsmithing, as texture created through a spontaneous process holds its own beauty. It is a balance between what could be controlled and what is random, therefore each attempt is a unique experience in finding beauty through process. Each creation is a practice of self-reflection through material. Inspired by traditional eastern aesthetics, I work with textures and forms, aiming to enable mindful encounter between subject and object.”
Shuoyuan Bai was born in Wuhan, China. He came to the United States in 2007 to continue his high school education. After graduating from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A. degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing in 2014, he worked as a goldsmith for one year before enrolling at Savannah College of Art and Design to further his education. He received his M.F.A. degree in Jewelry in 2019. Bai’s work has been shown in both national and international exhibitions.