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My work spans sculpture, installation and design. In this particular exhibition I have created two bodies of new work; using different glass qualities and metals in order to explore the subtle relationships and tensions between colour, form, and structure.
My intention is to playfully explore how glass can affect the viewers perception of reality, and to engender emotional responses. For this collection I used opaque and transparent layered blown glass to deliberately obscure the interior of the specific enigmatic forms. Additionally, I combined sharp angled metal with soft curved glass to create a heightened sense of material balance. This creates a paradoxical interpretation of what is interior or exterior.
To this end I aim to evoke the non-existent existence.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Ceramics & Glass
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Born and raised in China, Jinya Zhao discovered a passion for glass while studying for her BA at the China Academy of Art (2013–2017). In 2017 she began her MA studies at the Royal College of Art. She sees glass as an ideal medium to explore the themes of environment, emotions and personal experiences.
Jinya's work spans sculpture, installation and design. In this particular exhibition she has created two bodies of new work – using different glass qualities and metals in order to explore the subtle relationships and tensions between colour, form and structure. Her intention is to playfully explore how glass can affect the viewers perception of reality, and to engender emotional responses.
To this end Jinya aims to evoke the 'non-existent existence'.
- BA Glass Art, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, 2017
- Hangzhou Art Exhibition, Hangzhou International Exhibition Centre, Hangzhou, 2015; Chinese Traditional Handicraft Glass Lamp-work, Beijing 798 ArtDist, Beijing, 2016; 4th Transparent Philosophy Glass Exhibition: Hangzhou Art Expo, World Trade Centre Hangzhou, Hangzhou, 2016; Tianyuan IGAF 2016 Glass & Ice| Collision & Fission – Exhibition of Contemporary Glass Art, Tianyuan Glass Centre, Beijing, 2016; China Hejian Glass Art Innovative Design Competition, Mingshangde Glass Museum, Hejian, China, 2016; Infused, Glass Art Exhibition, Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai, 2016; See, but cannot see through – Jinya Zhao Solo Show, China Vanke Co. ,Ltd, Hangzhou, 2016; SL Award, Stanislav Libenský Award Competition Exhibition 2017, Dox Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, 2017; The 3rd NEW CRAFTS International Emerging Artists Group Exhibition, Shanghai Art & Design Academy, Shanghai, 2017; Milano Vetro -35, international glass and design artistic contest, Milan, 2018; Cross-border & Integration, Contemporary Glass Art Triennial, Henan, China, 2017; Winter, Pyramid Gallery, York, 2018; Rising Stars 2019, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, 2019; Glass Art Society Exhibition 2019, Morean Arts Center, Saint Petersburg, USA, 2019; Cluster Craft, Ugly Duck, London, 2019; Creekside Open 2019, A·P·T Gallery, London, 2019; Contemporary Young Artist Award 2019, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, 2019; Inspired, London Glassblowing Gallery, London, 2019; British Glass Biennale, Glasshouse, Stourbridge, 2019
- Glass Art Society, Murano, Italy, 2018; International Glass Symposium, Novy Bor, Czechia, 2018; Glassworks Symposium and Exhibition, Bristol, 2018; Glass Art Society, St Petersburg, USA, 2019
- '2017 Artworks Yearbook of Modern College Students', p. 960–961, Beijing, 2016; 'Educational Art', No.8, p.51, Beijing, 2016; 'New Glass Review 39' p. 6–7, Corning Museum of Glass, USA, 2018; 'New Glass Art and Architecture', p. 45, NO.1, Eltville, Germany, 2018; 'China Academy of Art a Journey of 90 Years', p. 21, Hangzhou, 2018; 'Rising Stars 2019', p.61, London
- National Scholarship, Chinese Government, Hangzhou, 2016; Gold Award, Final Exhibition, China Academy Of Art, Hangzhou, 2017; Special Prize, SL Award, Stanislav Libenský Award Competition Exhibition Dox Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, 2017; Chinese Scholarship Council, Beijing, 2017–2019
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