Layla (Yuanxing) Lin, based in London, originally from Xiamen, China, is a jeweller and craft practitioner with specific interests in feminist theory and women’s crafts. After graduating from Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martin’s (CSM) during COVID-19, she spent a year studying Cultural and Critical Studies at Birkbeck College while working as a graduate assistant at CSM; the busy work-and-study year made her reflect deeply about the responsibility of her future as a Chinese female artist. As a result, Layla’s delicately made work has evolved from a wide range of literature, from her leisure reading fiction to Chinese cultural studies and postmodernist feminism. Layla will continue to think critically against rationality and hierarchical power in her craft field in the future.
Layla Yuanxing Lin
Occurring in the gap between the visible and the invisible, a crack is then surfaced by our eyes. Roaming between the void of reality and imagination, a ghost of the forgotten soul is then recognised. My practice aims to critique, reflect and question the authenticity of empowered decoration by unveiling its skeleton using the technique of weaving to construct and deconstruct things simultaneously.
Silver is the metal of moonshine, the humble flesh of the noblest gold. It ripples into a pool of subtlety but fuses easily into the space of a void. An object is the appearance of hierarchy. An object is the embodiment of time. An object’s function is to be ornamental while ignoring the crime of decoration and the burden of beauty, such as what is underneath the precious materiality of silver — the cruel inequality of a certain kind of value that marks the line between the miserable and the noble. Thus, in my work the woven texture, alongside the techniques of fusing and soldering, creates dotted surfaces of cracks and fragments, which challenge the solid and dominant power of visible phallocentric history.
The project 'Surfacing The Crack', is a set of objects shaped from hand-woven fine wires, accompanied by several critical texts written by the maker, it aims to challenge the authority of functional and meaningful art objects in the field of jewellery and metal.