Jingyi Li (b. Beijing, China) is an artist based in London. She received a Bachelor of Art (Crafts Arts, Fibre) from Tsinghua University , Beijing and is completing her Master of Fine Arts (Jewellery and Metal) at the Royal College of Art, London.
Jingyi Li is a Chinese artist who aims to build feminist space in her work with a focus on the Asian women's story. She uses a variety of soft materials to evoke intense emotions. She aspires to communicate emotions, histories and experiences by unlocking the potential of atypical materials and techniques.
Are We Yellow Vessels?
Jingyi Li's work, The Yellow Vessel features silk sculptures constructed to evoke the form of the Yellow woman and encourages the audience to reflect on how East Asian females are culturally viewed through the male gaze, the Imperial gaze, and how Asian females perceive themselves influenced by this cultural baggage. She mimics the form of East Asian vessels in her work, emphasizing their resemblance to the female body.
The work reflects the development of Jingyi Li's feminist consciousness, where her personal experiences align with her evolving interpretation of traditional Chinese art forms. The deliberate exaggeration of these conventions in her work serves the purpose of deconstructing them for the audience. Through this approach, she highlights how culture has the ability to colonize, objectify, and fetishize the female body.
Medium:Silk, cotton, linen, polyester, rigilene
Jewellery on Graffitis
"Jewellery on Graffitis" challenges the exhibition space of jewellery artworks and questions artistic rights by placing ornate and antique jewellery pieces within the realm of street graffiti art. The series seeks to provoke discussions about the boundaries of artistic expression and the democratization of art. By juxtaposing luxurious adornments with the raw backdrop of street art, it disrupts traditional norms in both the jewellery industry and the art world. Through this series, public spaces are reclaimed as platforms for artistic dialogue, raising questions about the exclusivity of conventional jewellery showcases and offering alternative possibilities for presentation.