Alice Yujing Yan is originally from China where she received a BFA degree in animation. In Canada she decided to study jewellery and began metalsmithing at NSCAD University, receiving a BFA in Jewellery Design in 2014. Yan has shown her work in Canada and China. She has been a member of the Society of North America Goldsmith since 2013 and was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program in 2014.

Artist statement

My work is inspired by modern architecture and, in particular, minimalism. The use of colour is prevalent in my work for its symbolic meaning and emotive qualities. Fabrication techniques in metal allow me to explore form that is both representative of architectural elements that I love and my inner most emotional feelings. My current work uses these visual concerns in two stylistic series, one focusing on colour and the other on the metal material itself. I hope that the viewers will converse with each piece on their own terms.

I create jewellery that is very personal and emotional, also I believe that artists’ hand is a representation of the artist’s vision, and there must be connections between the artist and the viewer through the art production.