Sirui Yang, ᴏᴘᴛɪᴄᴀʟ ɪʟʟᴜsɪᴏɴ 02 𝔹𝕠𝕥𝕒𝕟𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕝 ℂ𝕙𝕚𝕞𝕒𝕖𝕣𝕒 :𝕓𝕦𝕥𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕗𝕝𝕪 2022, Titanium, silver.

Sirui Yang, ᴏᴘᴛɪᴄᴀʟ ɪʟʟᴜsɪᴏɴ 02 𝔹𝕠𝕥𝕒𝕟𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕝 ℂ𝕙𝕚𝕞𝕒𝕖𝕣𝕒 :𝕓𝕦𝕥𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕗𝕝𝕪 [work-in-progress], 2022, Titanium, silver.

Sirui Yang with her designs in the studio, 2022. Image credit: Rachel Simoons.

Sirui Yang, Untitled, 2022, digital art collage. All materials are from online and authored by some of her favourite botanists and inspired by nature.

Sirui has a strong passion for exploring how aesthetic forms in nature have inspired the development of her jewellery project in creating its unique aura or atmosphere. She wants to evoke her unique feelings of the vitality in nature. The jewellery project ‘Botanical Chimaera‘ explores the concept of animism – the aura of an individual, no matter the size of the creature, each artwork has or will develop its own personality and aura, they are like those plants and animals growing in the forest, each plant has its own experience and character traits, they can be real and absurd in their own way, they can also be innocent and beautiful, they can be silent but they can also talk.

Our knowledge of the natural environment around us is as necessary as our knowledge of the social environment. Adaptation, in terms of genes and rapid change, is a normal state of nature; just like human society, we can only build a better ecological environment by constantly learning, encouraging each other, improving, and growing together. In my making process, I treat my pieces as if they are human beings and I try to build in their own personality through my selection of colour and form. I also try to infuse them with a sense of vitality by using transparent materials which catch the light and appear to be dancing in the air. Artistic creation is not only about expression and output; in the process, we are also gradually understanding more about and enhancing our own unique and beautiful character traits.

The human spirit’s perception of the natural environment is about cultivating a sense of awe in the intricate wonders of nature allowing the observer to detach from the self and perceive the subtle interplay between subject and object. Infusing the soul and letting the work generate its unique aura is a positive step in the creative process. As an art thinker and practitioner, I hope to work with forms with a unique temperament and allow each piece to shape its inherent vitality and aura.

Artist talk at Big Amygdala Energy Zine Launch, 2022. Image credit: Tim Sta-Ana.

Sirui Yang, SkyTales 1.0, 2022 [Installation view at The FAITH in Pandemic Times, Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Valley, Australia].

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Sirui Yang