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Bifei Cao's exhibition Vase-tibule 瓶空, explores and references traditional objects used in Chinese daily life, such as pottery jars and vases.
“I reinterpreted a historic joining method used in a jade burial suit from the Han Dynasty. By linking and twisting thin metal wires, small jade parts are assembled into body armour and act as a symbolic host for the spirit. My approach returns traditional techniques to contemporary culture as a remedy for modern life and technological innovations” Cao says.
A native of China, Bifei Cao studied both in China and the United States, before receiving a PhD degree at the Gold and Silversmith workshop in the School of Art, Australian National University, Australia in 2017. He also undertook research at the Jewellery Department of Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Netherlands, as an exchange student in 2015. He is currently working as an associate Professor in the School of Art and Design, Guangdong University of Technology, China.
Bifei Cao is the 2018 WARE (Wellington Asia Residency Exchange) artist in residence - a programme jointly run by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and Wellington City Council.
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