Annie is a South African-Taiwanese jewellery artist. Coming from a multi-cultural background, she is fascinated by people, culture and art. Drawing inspiration from the history of the female figure in art, she uses the curves and lines of the body and transfers it to a block of wood. The intricate pathways that go in and out of the red or black wood produces a biomorphic sculpture that resembles a growing organism.
The organism grows through the nook and crannies to gently sit against the skin. It crawls up towards the neck, droops down off the ears or just protrudes off a piece of clothing. Although the pieces are celebrations of the female figure, they are often formed with two contrasting elements; the positive and negative or the masculine and feminine. Two energies that need to be balanced to coexist in an individual as well as with others.
Annie was born and raised in South Africa to Taiwanese parents. Upon completing her jewellery studies at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham, she returned to her family’s roots in Taiwan to set up her own studio. Within the studio, she created work for shops and galleries, gave jewellery lessons, took on commissions and collaborated with other artists. As an emerging artist, her work has been exhibited in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Two years later, in a bit of a creative slump, she had the urge to travel once more and to develop her artistic practice further so she decided on a master’s degree in Gemstones and Jewellery from the Hochschule Trier in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.