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Jewellery & Metal (MA)

Minghui Xie

Minghui Xie is a multidisciplinary artist and curator, based in China and London. She graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, majored in art management. Her practice and research focuses on the relationship of subjectivity and contemporary jewellery, engaged with interactive installation, optical image, photography, performance.

Degree Details

School of Arts & HumanitiesJewellery & Metal (MA)RCA2023 at Truman Brewery

Truman Brewery, F Block, Ground, first and second floors


When the human body participates in the interpretation or viewing of the work, it presents the connection of multiple subjects. In my opinion, the creation of artworks is the process of the personalization of objects by subjects, while the audience's participation and interaction is the process of subject's objectification. The subject is depersonalized and its subjectivity is eliminated. The audience's participation makes the work become the carrier and presentation method of intersubjectivity.

As a medium reflecting the artist's subjectivity, contemporary jewellery, is the creation of the artist's external perception. It is an object bearing the subjectivity. And its representation is the combination of subjects and objects. Jewellery can be connected or set on the body as a neutral/actual thing for a subject. I can use contemporary jewellery to reflect the concept to convey my subjectivity rather than function. My demonstration serves as a bridge and link between subjects. Jewellery helps to connect myself with other subjects, and the intersubjectivity can be visualized through jewellery. Subject can achieve resonance in the diversified wearing ways of jewellery to strengthen the intersubjectivity. Further more, jewellery can be directly or indirectly related to the body, forming an interaction between the subject and object. Jewellery makes itself and the human body, which were originally two separate parts, become one. The interaction between jewellery and human body can show more vivid and multi-dimensional changes.

Light is not only a medium that carries people's vision, but also an element that stimulates people's senses. It can visualize the connection between subjects, which is the intersubjective visualization. [The subjects in this research and practice are artists, audiences, jewellery wearers, etc.] As a visible but untouchable non-physical substance, I assume light as the dominant medium to embody the intersubjectivity between subjects. Through a series of virtual or physical jewellery presented by optical effects, this research establishes and strengthens the relationship between the body and the jewellery, namely the relationship between the subject and the object, explores subjectivity and constructs different representations in diverse surroundings.





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