Skin Blossoms #1, Haoran Liu, Metalsmithing ’23

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    3*3*6 inches

    Aluminum, Fabric

    Lines intertwine and support each other, forming three-dimensional entities by combining individual threads. The sculpture is based on cups and bottles, which are intertwined and extended, deformed by squeezing and twisting. The interlocking lines are like my thoughts, manifesting my worries and pain as independent entities. Flowers grow around the surface of these entities, representing the other side of pain. Like sadness and pain that heal over time, the colored flowers also spread and grow on the surface until one day they completely cover it, leaving only their beauty behind.

    Haoran Liu is a Chinese artist now residing in Detroit, MI, U.S.A. After Haoan Liu received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metal at SUNY New Paltz University in 2018, he was drawn into digital design techniques combined with traditional goldsmithing. During his four-year career in art field, he has built his knowledge with graphic design and 3D design skills. In his work, he creates art works with elements of narrative and emotion through different materials. Most of his production processes explore the possibility and limitation of computer technique. Currently, he is an MFA candidate in Metalsmithing at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit, 2023. Under the direction of Iris Eichenberg, he continues his exploration of contemporary jewelry.