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Hansel Tai

2020, Jade, Surgical stainless steel, Thread, 72 x 57 x 26 mm thread: 670 mm, photo credit to Hansel Tai

“The ongoing project Nude Jade Pierced takes on the sacred material: jade. Celebrated as the ultimate symbol of perfection and purity and valued for its translucent, skin like glow, jade is often carved into intricate mythological and religious forms. 

NJP Vol.3 – Brutal States feels more like my response to the world we live in today. Sex and violence has always been my main interests and focus. The shapes I carved out here, Coffins, Teabags, Bow and Arrows, are not immediate in correlations with its common association. I see them as something more. 

Jewellery has always been bearing monumental signifieds, it feels very natural to reshape these symbols that existed long before.”


“Hansel Tai is a Chinese born artist working and residing in Estonia.

He graduated in 2016 from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he studied Art Jewellery. He has continued his artistic research at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn as well as the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. In 2019 he obtained a Master of Arts degree. He has exhibited in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the USA among other countries.

He is the winner of MISUI Award 2019 at Barcelona, Spain. His work is at the permanent jewellery collection of Museum Arnhem, Netherlands and CODA Museum, Netherlands.”

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