Lingjie Wang is a Chinese jewellery artist currently based in London, UK. She was trained as an industrial designer at Hunan University (BE) and worked as an automotive interior designer in China. She discovered her enthusiasm for art during her period of residence in Germany. She received her BA in Jewellery from Hochschule Pforzheim and further pursued an MA in Jewellery & Metal at the Royal College of Art in the UK. Instead of merely designing her works, Wang delves into the inner life of the material. Her recent creations explore new possibilities for the interconnectedness between humans and nature, employing natural materials and principles. In 2022, she served as an artist-in-residence at Belgium's DIVA Museum. Wang's works have been featured in group exhibitions and competitions in China and many European countries, including Germany, Belgium, the UK and Spain.
By exploring the concept of edibility, Lingjie seeks to establish a profound connection between our innate desires and unfamiliar entities.
In contrast to animals that consume food, fungi, existing in a realm between animals and plants, embed themselves within their nourishment. When edible substances take on fluid forms, they transcend the boundaries of the dining plate. Their relentless struggle to break free from constraints, even amidst the tactile pain of synesthesia, offers a gateway to a deeper bond between humans and this unique species.
Through deliberate manipulation of mushrooms and experimental challenges to the growing conditions of mycelium, Lingjie aims to unravel the diverse potential for relationships between humans and nature.