Jewellery & Metal (MA)
Hiu Tung Yip, Wings
Hiu Tung Yip is a practising researcher from Hong Kong with a visual design and jewellery making background. She holds an MFA in jewellery from Alchimia the Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence, Italy, and has received the Arts & Crafts Design Merit Award in 2018. Yip’s works have been exhibited internationally in shows such as Collect (London, 2019), CODA Paper Art (Apeldoorn, 2019), Marzee International Graduate Show (Nijmegen, 2018), and Melting Point (Valencia, 2018).
Recent research tackles aesthetic and philosophical dimensions in our subjective understanding of Cute. We commonly associate Cute with the sweet, fluffy, tame, formally simple and usually small. Yet these are only one side of the multi-faceted body of Cute.
The Subjective Analysis of (the Production of) the Contemporary Manmade Cute is an on-going research project that aims to investigate the concepts of the manmade Cute, as a multi-layered aesthetic and an emotionally powerful sensibility. With reference to important literary works such as The Power of Cute by Simon May and Our Aesthetic Categories by Sianne Ngai, combining with my own observation towards cultural ‘artefacts’ and artworks, this is an exploration to understand and critique the applications and cultural significance of Cute through analytical writing and reflective making.
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Yet Cute is also anti-domestic – it has the power to make anything surreal and thus out of the ordinary. If we apply the formula of Cute to any daily object, we are essentially creating an exaggerated version of that in reality. In this sense, Cute almost always semi-detach itself from our world.
Coming from a jewellery making background gives Hiu a specific edge in understanding Cute as a body-related sensibility that shares the internal tension and struggles between jewellery, domesticity and traditional feminine crafts within the context of art.
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