Adzuki Bean Icecream, 2023
This one-of-a-kind enamelled silver brooch by Mengnan Qu has a pin back.
Enamel, enamel paint, overglaze, silver, nickel, xiangyun silk, silk thread
Approximately 4 x 4 x 1/2 inches including custom black silk pillow
Featured in the exhibition 'Thousands of Hands and Objects: Mengnan Qu' at the Craft Ontario Gallery, August 19 - September 29, 2023.
From the artist: “This project pushes us to reconsider the objects we use every day; to cherish the materials and artifacts in our lives, and to cherish the natural environment, lives, and resources around us. Though inanimate, objects carry the meanings of lives and act as a testament to our existence.”
Mengnan Qu is a jewellery designer and metalsmith born in Nanjing, China, and living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She received a BFA in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing from NSCAD University and then completed her MFA degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) in New Paltz. She is currently teaching at NSCAD University and has previously taught at SUNY New Paltz, the China Academy of Art, Yunnan Arts University and Capital Normal University. She has a perceptive, sensitive eye and mind. Her mixed cultural and educational background provides her with a unique outlook on the world. She reconsiders Western society through traditional Chinese culture and rethinks Chinese society by looking at it from an international perspective. Mengnan's work has been exhibited, awarded and published worldwide.