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Art & Design Degree Show 2021

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Wanrong Xie
Can you hear me? Exploring the Right to Speak in Contemporary Society
Wanrong Xie
Can you hear me? Exploring the Right to Speak in Contemporary Society

“How can jewellery be used to convey information and make sounds and encourage interaction?”

“Constant dripping wears away a stone.” is an idiom, originally from the Han Shu·Mei Cheng Biography by Ban Gu in the Eastern Han Dynasty (Ban; Yan, 1962). In other words, as long as you persevere, even a small amount of power can do difficult things.

Wanrong Xie uses jewellery as a medium to allow wearers or viewers to speak to the outside world, arouse the curiosity and attention of others, and communicate with more people and express their opinions. Xie notes: “When facing Leviathan, speaking is a kind of conscious resistance. Although the confinement of discourse is like hard rock, each of us speaking out with our voices can be a very important step in breaking down the boulder and improving society.”

Can you hear me?
Brooch. Sterling silver and paper 11x10.5x3cm
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
Ring. Sterling silver, resin and plaster. Ring 2.2x4x2cm. Hollow plaster ball 10.5x9.5x9.5 cm
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?