Art project,Jingdezhen jiaozi / 艺术项目,景徳鎮餃子
With the latest modern technology, it is not difficult to manufacture thousands of identical objects. And it is true that such a technology sustains our societies today. However, it seems that the more technology advances less the people needed….. In another word, our daily life is getting more convenient but we might be getting less “human” than before…. However, since Covit-19 broke out, many things changed in our life, Humanity, as well as socio-cultural value, seem to become more discussed in the field of art in the world. In the period that the world is not as safe and perfect as we thought, it may be important to observe our societies again and consider essential human happiness and vital notion through our traditional customs and local cultures.
To me, art is to express a social, philosophical, or political question. We are living in a period of diversity and pluralism. I am interested in the whole entity of human beings and what is happening around the world. Art does not help people as medical science does, nor does it offer spiritual support as religions do. But art may make people think, realize and act.
Jiaozi can be one of the most common foods in China. It is found even in the three-kingdom period (220 to 280 AD) and there are several variations in shapes, ingredients as well as cooking styles. It is a Chinese tradition that the family is gathered and make jiaozi on Chinese New Year. Every family has their own specialties when they make jiaozi. It is “family taste” that is “input” in his or her memory and can remind them of past events such as talking with a grandmother or eating jiaozi with relatives …… Jiaozi is a kind of memory device that recalls your past and evokes emotions.
In this project, porcelain jiaozi was made by people who come from all over China and live or visit Jingdezhen. Jingdezhen is one of the important cities in the history of ceramics. A variety of ceramics technologies were invented and prominent tableware was produced. From the ancient time period, ceramics were handmade and countless people were involved in the ceramics industry for thousands of years. The porcelain Jiaozi was made with Jingdezhen kaolin clay and was shaped one by one with their hands following its tradition.