|2011 Liverpool Design Show 2011, St. George's Hall, Liverpool, UK
Ready, Steady, JEWEL! auction and charity event, Edinburgh, UK
Annual Marzee Selection of Graduate Work Jewellery 2011 from International Academies and Colleges, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
New Designers Graduate Show 2011, Business Design Centre, Islington, London, UK
Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2011, Edinburgh, UK
Three Exhibition - Richard Demarco Archive Trust, Craigcrook Castle, Edinburgh, UK
2010 'a' Exhibition, the WOT space, Edinburgh, UK
Korean Craft Designer Association annual exhibition, Seoul, South Korea
Awards & Residencies
2011 Artist in Residence 2011/2012, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh UK
Top six runners for best new designer of the year, New Designers 2011 Graduate Show, London, UK
West Dean College short course bursary ‘hot working metals: aluminium, stainless steel and bronze’’, West Dean College, Chichester, UK
2010 Commended Award for 2D Fine Jewellery Design, Goldsmith’s Craft and Design Council 2010 Craftmanship and Design Award, London, UK
Second Prize Winner, Medallion Design Competition for Stirling Society of Architects, Stirling, Scotland, UK
|Previously trained as an architect, Edinburgh based Taiwanese/US jewellery artist Alice Bo-Wen Chang explored the relationship between body, space and object(s) through her kinetic and structural body sculptures. With a Masters degree in architecture from Princeton University, she has now graduated with a second post-graduate degree (with distinction) in jewellery and silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art, and continuing her career in contemporary art jewellery as the college's artist in residence.
Her degree show entitled “Circles & Squares,” is a joint exposition of two series, “Bodyspace/bodyscape” and “Luminous Windows”, both inquiring into the potentialities of two-dimensional geometries to a three-dimensional transformation via creative means of patterns and modules. The paralleled investigations are developed simultaneously as a third research method to allow a continuous discourse and cross examination within her practice.
The uncompromising lines and squares in Bodyspace/bodyscape, repeat in a predictable manner and are folded into endless possibilities of forms and shapes. The rigorous and logical orders result in an unpredictable, even organic growth of variations that contrast and interact with the curvature of the body. In Luminous Windows, the wearer’s fingertips chase after the missing tile’s empty space, which enables the sliding movement; they also mingle through the dangling rings in search of the appropriate room for the hand or wrist to be in place. Hereby pattern becomes a tool, a strategy to allow the unique to expand its scale to infinity, in which the rationale becomes random. Every piece has a puzzle to solve, the body reacts and interacts, and the space becomes luminous.
Circles and Squares is Alice’s first attempt to interpret body and space through functional and non-functional objects, and also a documentary journey of her transition from architecture to jewellery.
The exposition aspires to evoke the frisson of this unique combination. As French poet Charles Baudelaire says, ”the beauty is always strange,” Bodyspace/bodyscape and Luminous windows are strangely beautiful.
|Bodyspace/bodyscape - Necklace|
|Bodyspace/bodyscape - Brooch red|
|Luminous Windows - Brooch|