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Ting Deng

MA work

Funeral and Nostalgia

All my inspiration comes from the romantic nostalgia of the past. 'The word 'nostalgia' comes from two Greek roots: νόστος, nóstos ('return home') and ἄλγος, álgos ('longing'). I would define it as a longing for a home that has never existed.' Written by Svetlana Boym in The Future of Nostalgia

In this unreachable ruin, darkness, emptiness, loftiness, disillusionment, shadow, loneliness, destruction, debris, strangeness, echo, fable, wandering and death are eternally growing with endless time and space.


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Jewellery & Metal, 2019

  • I view my studio practice as a kind of non-word writing. Philosophy, psychology and archaeology come across in my creation. I hope that my works are poetic, as I also write poetry.

    In my early works, I took the present as an innuendo of the past, and the deconstruction and reconstruction of history were my methodology to identify myself. As far as I notice, the past becomes more unpredictable than the future, collective memory and monumentality begin to take part in my practice, and all inquiries point to one of humanity's grandest propositions: time and existence.

    'There's no need to build a labyrinth when the entire universe is one,' Jorge Luis Borges.

  • Degrees

  • BA Economics, University of California Irvine, University of California, 2014
  • Experience

  • Curator, No Space Gallery, Beijing, 2019; Vice President, RCA Chinese Students & Scholars Association, London, 2018–19
  • Exhibitions

  • Online Solo Exhibition, Art Nova 100, Beijing, 2019; 'ID', Bloomsbury Gallery, London, 2019; 'Fragmentation', Coningsby Gallery, London, 2019; 'Schmuck 2019', Lovaas Gallery, Munich, 2019; 'Red Thread', Dyson Gallery, London, 2018; 'Yes or No', Jiade Artistic Center, Beijing, 2018; 'Dash', Today Art Museum, Beijing, 2017; 'Diversity', The University Art Gallery, Irvine, 2013
  • Awards

  • Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alum Award, 2015; Art Nova 100, 2018; Art Nova 100, 2017