JOEY ZHONG

Emerging Talent / UK

 

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, I am currently a first year Jewellery Design student at Central Saint Martins in London. My practice explores the expansive notion of what jewellery is and what it can be, as well as attempting to subvert or question the familiar through both concept and material. Jewellery is a distinctive medium centred around the body which marries elements of art, fashion and product design, allowing not only the expression of my ideas but the intimate experience of them by others.

I am heavily influenced and shaped by contemporary art, particularly Australian and Chinese contemporary artists as they resonate with my experience of cultural hybridity as a Chinese Australian. Some artists who I have referenced in my recent work include Cai Guo Qiang’s gunpowder paintings, Lindy Lee’s flung bronze and Rosalie Gascoigne’s found object assemblages.

To me, jewellery is a form of self expression and story telling which transcends beyond a single category of design.

Work

Tea Set

Bracelet and rings set, 2021

Raffia, clay and calico
Ceramic tea cup bracelet combined with basketry accompanied by woven gloved rings

Cascade

Wearable Art, 2021

Egg carton, gesso, tea bag strings

Singed

Bangle, 2021

Plastic bottles and tea bags

Experience

Education
2020-24: BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
2019-20: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
2013-18: Higher School Certificate, Sydney Girls High School

Exhibitions
2019: “ARTEXPRESS”, Western Plains Cultural Centre, (Dubbo, Australia)
2013: “Australian Identity and Beyond Exhibition”, The Muse Gallery, (Sydney, Australia)

Achievements and highlights
2021: “Inspired by the V&A”, a three-piece collection in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum
2020-21: Student Representative for first year BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins
2018: The Premier’s Award for All-Round Excellence

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