The starting point is usually her own personal story; through collecting more relevant stories and going as deep as possible to reach the source, she tries to bring her story to a social level, to tell it in a way that could resonate with the public. The emotion she expresses shapes the material, mainly stone, into its specific form. The quietness in her work is from a frozen moment of an action, a movement. People often find her work soft and gentle in the beginning, until the tension and weight settles in.
The tension and the contradiction are crucial to her graduation project, ‘Parent, Past Life, Teddy Bear.’ The soft touch of the material with its oppressive form; the stone is hard but also warm and the “adorable” appearance hides a touch of insecurity. The combination of all senses reflects the state of mind beneath her story.
Pei is originally from Taipei, Taiwan. She studied architecture and art for 6 years before going to the UK to study jewellery at the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.
Having a background in architecture study- her way of working is relatively intuitive and intimate. Related to the general perception of architectural design, her work is more organic and curved and she intentionally focuses on feeling and emotional expression.