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As a visual artist, Jaajr delves into the intricate connections between the self, time, and the continuous change of the universe. Through a practice-based approach that revolves around the exploration of materials and the art of making, she seeks to unravel the mysteries of existence and translate them into works that challenge the boundaries of traditional art forms.

By immersing themselves in the creative process, Jaajr's art seeks to bridge the gap between the tangible and the intangible, inviting viewers to contemplate the interconnectedness of all things and the fluid nature of the universe.


✹ Lin Cheung podcast
26th November 2020
It's been almost the end of the month, November is indeed past by really quickly. In the conversation I have had with my classmates, I've discovered a different angle of my subject through the brainstorming process we had.

What does shiny means to me?

Is it the reflection of the light on the surface?
Or can it be something else?
Why we draw our attention to it?

: shiny can be something new, something valuable or something that we don't use to yet
: shiny can be anything regardless of their reflective quality
: shiny can be something that outstanding from the surrounding 

If we think about it, not so many objects in nature that has a reflective surface and the reason why it's outstanding and able to draw attention is that it's rare. it's unusual and different. That's something I have to do more research. 

Another keyword I have found is visual attention - with the question of what makes human select particular input to perceive in the world full of information and distraction?

Later this week I have listened to ⇲Material Matters with Grant Gibson podcast. The 24th June 2020 episode with Lin Cheung on stone and the importance of jewellery.

One of her work that I love is Delayed Reactions, a series of carved stone brooches, that convey the mixed feelings of hers towards Bretix. The reason why I love them so much is that the design is simple yet powerful and carry all message within one gaze. The choice of material that contrast with the form is also impressive. Pin badges are cheap, quick to make and considered throw-away but Lapiz stone is compleate opposite - expensive, hard to make and unpredictable.

Delayed Reactions - Confused 2017. Brooch, carved Lapis Lazuli, gold (Private collection)
(Source ; http://cargocollective.com/lincheung/Delayed-Reactions )

Moreover Pin badges are normally use for expressing political issue of individual . By using this form with high value material - I feel like it says ; this political events (Bretix) cause huge impact to the society or even to the world and the face on it is our feeling towards this situation - we can not really do anything about it yet this is how we feel.

As simple as it is, tiny stars on blue background can be interpreted as EU flag. Lin reposition them into emoji-like face with confused feeling. The stars made from gold - typical material for jewelry making yet its raw color can convey the color of the flag itself. What I love about this is that Lin doesn't have to include all of 12 stars in to this piece to convey the EU flag - she only use the symbol and minimize it into faces or even only the eyes (speecless) - only 2 stars can carry this powerful message, I'm impressed.

Delayed Reactions - Confused, Speechless, Fallen 2017. Brooches, carved Lapis Lazuli, gold (Private Collections)
(Source ; http://cargocollective.com/lincheung/Delayed-Reactions )

From the podcast - for Lin, jewelry is something that carry message. The unnecessary object that we put on ourself which can start the conversation and can create question within itself. Jewelry can be any material, any form or any size. From this point I totally agreed with her. We wear jewelry to express who we are. Sometime it creates the wonder - where do you get it from? Why is it so important to you? It carries memmories, story and our identity. I love how small it is and how subjective it is for us, sometime no one knows what this piece of jewelry means to us and that makes it so private and even more important to our emotion.

Delayed Reactions - Disturb 2017. Brooch, carved Belgian black marble, Howlite, 18ct gold. (Source ; http://cargocollective.com/lincheung/Disturb )

Lin start working with stone in this collection, Delayed Reactions, by starting investigated in material first then she came up with the idea of the EU flag. Surprisingly for me, she said that stone like Lapiz are unpredictable, fragile and delicate. She had been praticing her stone carving skill for a while before she got the satisfied result.

Other projects of hers that I also love is Disturb ,2017. The stone brooch with peace symbol carved with Belgian black marble and Howlite. Again, the design is simple yet powerful and clear. Peace symbol is broken and looks like it's fallen apart. It seems to me like there is no longer peace in calm anymore. It's the feeling of something we once have but about to exploded. The contrast of the colour black and white somehow give me the feeling of war and peace as well. This piece of jewelry,indeed, impressive and well thought.