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Biographical Information for Liaung-Chung Yen:
Liaung Chung Yen was born and raised in Taiwan and his jewelry and artistic aesthetic is influenced by both Chinese culture and art. As is traditional in Chinese painting, Yen sees his work as an expression of the mind as well as small sculptures documenting the time and emotion in which he lives.
Yen's work is also an exploration of sculpture form in jewelry by using geometric shapes and architectural structures. By arranging the similar forms in repetition, he tries to create the sense of rhythm in space. The wire forms and structures are hand fabricated and require countless solder points, creating strength, durability as well as the sense of delicacy in his jewelry. The inspiration comes from the structure of nature, plants, rocks and minerals, landscape, and architecture. The materials that he used are mostly 18k gold, sterling silver and precious stones. The techniques include fabrication, forming, fusing, soldering and stone setting.
Liaung Chung Yen is the recipient of numerous awards including MJSA Vision Awards, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and NICHE Award, etc. He features in numerous publications including Metalsmith magazine Exhibition in Print 2007, the Larks Book's 500 series, Art Jewelry Today 2, etc. His work is selected in several prestige shows such as Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show, Smithsonian Craft Show and Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA), Chicago. His work is the teaching collection of Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon and the National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture in Norway. He is currently a Visiting Professor in Metal and Jewelry Department in School for American Craft, Rochester Institute of Technology.