Mian Wu "REJUVENATION"
Ohrschmuck, Porzellan, Edelstahl; Silber Fotos: Ingrid Smolle
Rejuvenation: In jewellery production, a single mould can reproduce thousands of identical products. Even in a small factory, you can easily find the mould of Cartier’s leopard, Tiffany’s key and Van Cleef&Arpels’ clover. They have lost the connection with the expensive price and the symbol of luxury as presented in those boutique stores, but become a shape that can be copied again and again. This is the most realistic scene in our jewellery industry. As the world's most significant production and processing base, the design is absent here, only left replication and copying.
My work is motivated by such context of jewellery production. In mass production, the various errors will lead to a large number of defective products. They are unqualified copies, but in this way, they obtain the uniqueness that other copies are missing. The copy of a copy produces a unique work. The various familiar shapes from those prestigious brands superimpose layer by layer, which digested the value and symbol of the original brands. Thus, the lifeless replication and the worthless defects gain a new life.
Maintenance information: The white surface is a thin layer of pure silver with protective cover. Oxidase is unavoidable. So after wearing, please keep it in the velvet bag avoiding open air and moist to slow down the pace of oxidising and avoid scratched by hard things.
Wearing suggestion: Due to completed details on the jewellery surface, please take off the ring before wearing or undressing your clothes to avoid unexpectable damage on the clothes.