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Jewellery & Metal (MA)

Ruiya Xu

Jar, Laurel, Heartbeat grass
Jar, Laurel, Heartbeat grassSand, Jesmonite, Bronze
Jar, Laurel, Heartbeat grass, Apple
Jar, Laurel, Heartbeat grass, AppleSand, Jesmonite, Bronze
PART 1Sand, Paper, Bronze
PART 2Sand, Jesmonite, Bronze
PART 3Sand, Jesmonite, Bronze
PART 4Sand, Jesmonite, Bronze
BasketSand, Jesmonite, Bronze

This series of works entitled 'Entropy,' refers to a science fiction text written by Ruiya Xu, which is a fantasy based on the scientific law of Entropy.

Degree Details

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

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

Ruiya Xu deals in the sorts of mysteries that would not trouble most minds. Her practice is driven by a thirst for understanding and draws from a broad range of inspirations - time, nihilism, archaeology, post-apocalyptic, both ancient and futuristic. 

Ruiya Xu explores these ideas in a typically imaginative way. Each of her projects begins with a specific question and unfolds through the lens of existing scientific principles, offering a hypothesis and constructing a fictional "new mythologies for our contemporary era" through speculation and imagination. In-depth research commences from this point. She is a material-based artist, and working with various materials is her way of understanding the world. Through research and experimentation, she utilizes great range of materials to manifest her "contemporary mythologies" in the physical world. Ruiya's physical practice oscillates between mythology, science fiction, archaeology, and virtual imagination.

Time and termination are key concepts in Ruiya Xu's works. In her MA project, Ruiya has wrote a "science fiction myth" that explores the disappearance of time steam under the influence of entropy, where all things from the past and future converge in the present and collectively march towards a state of disorder and infinite termination. Sand, as a powerful material, plays a crucial role in presenting the concept of this series of artworks.