Interview: Ching-Hui Yang | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Ching-Hui Yang

Interviews | July 17, 2021 |

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Interview: Ching-Hui Yang
Luca Curci
talks with Ching-Hui Yang during BODIES+CITIES SKIN, first appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Studio Ching-Hui Yang is a contemporary jewellery studio based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Taiwanese designer Ching-Hui Yang graduated from MA material futures at Central Saint Martins, and graduated from London College of Fashion with a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Arts – Fashion Jewellery. She is eager to explore different materials, skills, and modes to challenge the boundaries of what defines jewellery. She is interested in focusing on the relationship between body, object, and the absence of an object. She believes she could use experimental jewellery as a way to challenge the boundaries of therapy design. Jewellery can be a way of communicating emotion between people.

For the long-term goal, she would like to document and visualise emotion itself – for example, a feeling such as denial, anger, bargain, depression, or shame. Her aim is for this process and the resulting art pieces to enable a rethinking of the definition of empathy. She wants to draw to peoples attention that design as a form of empathy is the visceral experience of another person’s thoughts and feelings from his or her point of view, rather than from one’s own. Empathy facilitates prosocial or helping behaviours that come from within, rather than being forced, so that people behave in a more compassionate manner.

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Ching-Hui Yang
There was quotation feedback from the audience while I exhibited my works during dutch design week. I want to share these inspired sentences with everyone. The planet does not need more “successful people”. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their places. It needs people with moral courage willing to join the struggle to make the world habitable and humane, and these qualities have little to do with success as our culture has set. H.H. The Dalai Lama
I would say art as a therapy is to help people explore psychological well-being. It can be a way to explore methods of relating awareness of mental health and its future.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
CHY – I graduated from MA material futures at Central Saint Martins and graduated from London College of Fashion with a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Arts – Fashion Jewellery. I have set up my contemporary jewellery studio in Amsterdam since 2019. During training on both of courses, they encourages a wholly multi-disciplinary approach to design and advocate research-driven design. From these experience, I learned that design is not solely preoccupied with designing products, but also focuses on how to challenge the boundaries of art and design.

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
CHY The desire and thought that goes into jewellery design fascinates me. I get a lot of inspiration from human emotion and behaviour, I think jewellery can be a way of communicating emotion between people. I can deepen my understanding of design and development through an abundance of primary and secondary research. I like to challenge the boundaries of what defines jewellery through my design.

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LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
CHY Yes. For the long term goal, I would like to document and visualize emotion itself – for example a feeling such as denial, anger, bargain, depression or shame. I want to draw to peoples attention that design as a form of empathy is the visceral experience of another person’s thoughts and feelings from his or her point of view, rather than from one’s own. Empathy facilitates prosocial or helping behaviours that come from within, rather than being forced, so that people behave in a more compassionate manner.

LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
CH – I always get a lot of inspiration from investigating people as an artist. Artists are a vehicle for expressing universal emotion. No one experiences perfect mental health or well-being all of the time. We all have to learn how to balance the different aspects of our lives. When things in our life change, we have to re-establish the balance. However, ongoing mental health problems can take a real toll on your well-being. Mental health can affect many areas of your life such as work, school, families or relationships with others. Mental health is just as important to our lives as our physical health. “Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us”- Sheryl Sanberg. We can build mental resilience in many ways through the toughest times, and I believe a form of empathy is the visceral experience of another person’s thoughts and feelings. As an artist/ designer, I believe I could use experimental art as a way to challenge the boundaries of therapy design. Jewellery can be a way of communicating emotion between people. It doesn’t try to solve future problems with design projects but make people aware of mental health matter.

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LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
CHY The five stages of grief are the best-known description of the emotional and psychological responses that many people experience when faced with an illness or life-changing situation. Coincidentally, no matter what, people with or without disabilities may be face these six stages such as denial, anger, bargain, depression or shame, and acceptance, when people experience a different life-changing event. I design a collection of jewellery pieces based on the stages of grief that encourage empathy and allow us to embrace and experience diversity.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
CHY The festival focuses on the concept of “borders”, between the body and the human being. I have participated on its three themes which is strongly connected with my Im-perfect jewellery collection. I am interested in focusing on the relationship between body, object, and the absence of an object. I believes I could use experimental jewellery as a way to challenge the boundaries of design.

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LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
CHY Yes. I feel this exhibition program encourages designers to challenge the boundaries of new materials, processes, technologies and methodologies. I believe that this program enables designers to widen the scope of individual exploration.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
CHY Yes. You really support the artists.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
CHY It is good. ITSLIQUID provides the opportunity for designer and artist to promote their work, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

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