Through the relationship between jewellery and the human body, Kelly Luo expresses how emotions can serve people. What was the last time you cried? Tears are a symbol that has a universal meaning around the world, and humans share a common language of emotional expression. As the most obvious way of expressing our emotions, can we fully accept it as part of who we are?
Based on the state and process of crying when we are sad, the tear collector acts as a carrier of emotions and releases this emotional signal to the outside world. The process of transforming tears into moss-nourishing material is in fact a process of transforming invisible energy into the emotional visualisation of a 3D object and thinking about how this visualisation affects the changes in our surroundings.
Through the work of Luo, we learn to accept all our emotions, including chaos and breakdown, so that we can feel what it means to be human again, to feel our innermost being, and to reap the rewards of growth. Every failure and negative emotion is seen as an aid to growth, and it is important to find a suitable outlet and a way for it to come and go naturally. Tears as an expression of emotion act as a bonding agent in society and as a healing agent in life. This act of using one’s own production to create and experience as a vehicle for communication, and for finding oneself and gaining enlightenment, also demonstrates that art can heal the body and mind.