Yu-Chun Chen

Creating Non-being                                                                           

Being  brought up under the Chinese culture in Taiwan and then having had her artistic education in Italy and the Netherlands, the work of Yu-Chun Chen is shaped by these diverse culture crossings. The eastern and the western culture come to a confluence into her work: the introvert and the extrovert, the sentimental and the rational, the tranquil and the active come together. “I feel like belonging to the generation of people who bear witness to the ‘globalization’ of culture and so as to reflect this experience through my hands into creations.” The forms could be bold and daring while the message could be subtle. With the respect for the traditional crafts, she aims to create contemporary jewellery while reminding people the beauty of the old tradition.

 Chen quoted the ancient Chinese philosopher LaoTzu (ca.500 BC.) as her source of inspiration:

 “We join spokes together in a wheel

 but it is the center hole

that makes the wagon move

We shape clay into pot

but it is the emptiness inside

that holds whatever we want

We hammer wood for a house

but it is the inner space

that makes it livable

We work with being

but non-being is what we use”

LaoTzu 'Tao Te Ching' Chapter11

Using the material (the being) to create the space (the non-being), Yu-Chun cuts, folds, hammers, joins, even stitches the metal with the thought of that emptiness / nothingness which eventually ‘holds’.  The juxtaposition of what we see with what we do not see invites the wearer to contemplate upon, while the jewellery, at the same time, still stands out for its own beauty.




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