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Angela Chien-Chia Hou

MA work

Tear Ecology

In my RCA degree show, I am presenting my imagined ‘Tear Ecology’, by adapting water circulation into the cycle of tears, to create a poetic environment which nourishes inanimate objects with tears.  

Seeing objects as my friends, I often talk and listen to them.

A needle feels sorry for piercing through fabric.

A screw is feeling hurt when drilling through woods.

An empty shell is longing for completion.

While water nourishes the animate beings in the world; tears nourish the inanimate objects that are formed from the debris of our sorrow. Being nourished with tears, these inanimate objects have become ‘tear lives’. As a tear life, each of them has lost its functions for existence, desperately seeked the shape of themselves and the place they belong, and consequently transformed into new beings.

By projecting emotions upon inanimate objects, I transform them into non functioning tear lives, and find them a home to inhabit in the landscape of tears. I believe that everything has a soul, a desire of transformation, and a longingness for a sense of dependency. I wish my Tear Ecology to resonate with my audiences’ empathy with the Tear Life which has lost reasons for living, and inspire them to live in a different shape of life.


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Jewellery & Metal, 2018

  • I am a Taiwanese-born artist jeweller and Chinese calligraphy writer. I was born and raised in Taiwan, a humid island surrounded by water, with plum rain season and typhoons each year. I graduated from the Jewellery and Silversmithing BA at the Glasgow School of Art in 2016. Throughout my studies, I have been developing a unique approach to storytelling inspired by materiality and ancient Chinese poetry.

    Currently I am exploring the relationship between water and tears at the Royal College of Art, using water circulation to interpret an imagined ‘Tear Ecology’. For the RCA show I am presenting a landscape inspired by the shape of water. Seeing jewellery as a way of connecting myself to my environment. I believe my pieces help objects back to where they belong and capture a sense of dependency between nature and human endeavour. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Jewellery and Silversmithing Design, Glasgow School of Art, 2016
  • Experience

  • 2018 February – present: Asian Art Department Intern at Chiswick Auction, London; 2017 - 2018 January: London-based writer for art magazine, Art Frontier, China
  • Exhibitions

  • Athens Jewellery Week, Athens, 2018; "Perfect Stranger" group exhibition in Schmuck Jewellery Week, Munich,2018; "I Believe" RCA group exhibition in Schmuck Jewellery Week, Munich, 2018; “Objects and Inner Bruises”, solo exhibition at the RCA, London, 2017; "To Reveal or to Conceal", New Designers Exhibition, London, 2016; "Wait", Gioielli in Fermento, 2016; This is Not a Tree, International East-West Art Award Competition, London, 2012
  • Awards

  • Selected in the finalist in Athens Jewellery Week, Athens, Greece, 2018; Student Finalist in Gioielli in Fermento, Italy, 2016; Awarded The Best Student Prize at the International East-West Art Award Competition, UK, 2012