2021, Sterling silver, fine silver, lavender, 1.5 x 3 x 2 inches, photo credit to Sishi Wang
“I am drawn to the lines and shapes found in nature as well as everyday life. I transform my observations, experiences, and memories into small vignettes made of metal and glass.
I believe that all things are growing and disappearing. With the passage of time, there is no way to go back to a moment once it has passed. One day we will be gone, just like the natural world and objects around us. Our memories and experiences are the most meaningful parts of life in my mind. By using flower’s pattern and real flowers in my work, I grieve and commemorate my past valuable moment, to mourn and cherish memory, to express my feeling, and to tell story.
Architecture is a living creature. Buildings are brought to life by people and in time they too will fade and die away. Architectural forms, like people, hold memories of events that have taken place within and around them. Buildings convey different feelings and emotions due to their individual histories and the stories they hold. By using metals and enamels as a means of expression, I commemorate architecture’s structures and appearances as a reminder of their existence.”
Born in Shenzhen, China, Sishi Wang is pursuing her MFA in Metalsmithing and jewelry design at Indiana University of Bloomington, IN, and she holds a BFA degree from East Carolina University, NC. Her work is rooted in the formal traditions of enameling and silversmithing. Wang draws inspiration from both architectural details and botanical forms as she creates her work. Her work has been published in Art Extravagance Catalog and Alchemy 5: Transformation in Contemporary Enamels.