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A red seed in my palm [enter]

A red net on my arm [enter]

The red darkens [enter]

The red alone [cursor]

 

I am drawn to microscopic structures of living forms. The idea that how creatures are perceived by human eyes could be entirely different from the imagery revealed by a microscope, makes me ponder whether I am able to capture the reality of anything merely through direct observation and visual reproduction. I begin researching the expansive subject of microscopy from an origin point of cell, while reflecting on what composes my flesh and bone. Instead of depicting the familiar human form that is exposed to naked eyes, I choose to present the imagined segments, altered versions, and memorized episodes of human form from a cell perspective, which are processed by the microscope in my head.

There are two identities living inside the physical me. One of the duo is blank, calm, logical, organized, and restricted; the other one is full, dramatic, emotional, chaotic, and free. I am intrigued and inspired by the process of uniting materials that have distinctive texture, color, toughness, and transparency, which enables me to express my dual identities, and helps me visualize the growth of a newborn from an ambiguous seed to a matured form.

 

That red awakes [enter]

That red burns out [enter]

Their red sings in silence [enter]

Their red smiles like a child [period]

Yingqi Puffy Zhao is a contemporary jeweler, educator, and GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional. She holds an MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University Bloomington, and a BFA in Crafts with a concentration in Metals from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Zhao is a University of Illinois 2016 Bronze Tablet Scholar, and a 2017-2019 Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory Scholar. Her work has recently been published in books including Handouts from the 21st Century Part III, and magazines including 2019 Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey.

HONORS & ACTIVITIES

Honors, Awards

  • HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholar 2017-2019
  • University of Illinois Bronze Tablet Scholar 2016
  • Nominee of the James R. and Dorothy E. Shipley Award 2016
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Outstanding Senior Award in Metal 2016
  • 2 papers were collected in English as Second Language Writing Service Courses’ Anthology of Outstanding Student Essays 2012-2013
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Business Dean’s List Fall 2012

Fellowships, Grants, Honorariums, Scholarships

  • Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft Full-Tuition Scholarship 2020
  • From Grit to Gold: Future Fifty 49th Annual SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) Conference Student Scholarship 2020
  • Indiana University Bloomington Grant-in-Aid of Master’s of Fine Arts Projects 2019-2020
  • Indiana University Bloomington Eskenazi School Friends of Art Award 2019
  • SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) Road 2 Success Scholarship December 2019
  • GIA (Gemological Institute of America) International Distance Education Scholarship 2019
  • Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft Full Scholarship 2019
  • Peters Valley School of Craft Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation Scholarship 2019
  • Indiana University Bloomington School of Art, Architecture + Design Robert Harrison Fellowship for Excellence in Metals 2018
  • GIA (Gemological Institute of America) International Distance Education Scholarship 2018
  • Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Dr. Judith Temple Scholarship 2018
  • MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage 47th Annual SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) Conference Student Scholarship 2018
  • Indiana University Bloomington The MAD LABS (Makerspace for Art + Design) Liou Desk Fellowship Spring 2018
  • Indiana University Bloomington Grant-in-Aid of Master’s of Fine Arts Projects 2017-2018
  • Indiana University Bloomington HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholar Honorarium 2017
  • GIA (Gemological Institute of America) International Distance Education Scholarship 2017
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Fine and Applied Arts Talented Student-Art & Design Scholarship 2015-2016
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Fine and Applied Arts Talented Student-Art & Design Scholarship 2014-2015

Certificates

  • GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Colored Stones Certificate
  • GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Pearls Certificate
  • GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Diamond Essentials Certificate
  • GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Colored Stones Essentials Certificate
  • GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Essentials Certificate

WORKSHOPS HOSTED          

  • Enameling on 3-Dimensional Forms: Creating a Pendant, Indiana University Bloomington Lifelong Learning, Two-Day Workshop, Bloomington, IN, March 2020
  • Enameling with Stencils: Creating a Pendant, Indiana University Bloomington Lifelong Learning, Two-Day Workshop, Bloomington, IN, September 2019
  • Colors & Textures: Basse-Taille Enameling, Indiana University Bloomington Lifelong Learning, Two-Day Workshop, Bloomington, IN, February 2019

WORK PUBLISHED

Books

  • Metalsmithing + Jewelry Design BFA Coursebook, Indiana University Bloomington, Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture and Design, Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design Area, 2019, pp. 77, 78
  • Handouts from the 21st Century Part III (H21), Society of North American Goldsmiths, May 2019, p. 117

Magazines

  • 2019 Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey (JaMS), Society of North American Goldsmiths. In press
  • CANVAS, Canvas Creative Arts, vol. 22, April 2019, pp. 78-81
  • SOIL, SOIL Arts and Literature, vol. 2: Legacy, March 2019, pp. 4, 28, 29

Catalogs

  • Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design MFA Catalog 2020, Indiana University Bloomington, Master of Fine Arts Organization, April 2020, pp. 31, 32

Websites

  • Work of studio art MFA students reflects the personal and political, Indiana University Newsroom, Steve Martin, April 2020

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.