Chinoiseries intended to investigate how the rhythm of craft navigates the fast-beating heart of contemporary China — a country that has historically been associated with the production of the finest expressions of both art and craftsmanship, but where these forms have been corroded starting with the Cultural Revolution and may soon dissipate in the name of economic power and technological progress. In such a dynamic and transitional context, affected by pervasive economic, political, and social change.
The final work is comprised of a set of holloware with a cloisonné interior,
and a darkened stainless-steel outer shell. The stainless steel, with its industrial appearance, seems to swallow the finely decorated cloisonné centrepiece.
I refer to my work as a game of references between the world of the mass produced object and the labour intensive craftsmanship associated with the history of cloisonné.