“ Identity (1) ”.    2017.   Silver.   Photography: Shannon Tofts. ©

 “ Identity (1) ”.    2017.   Silver.   Photography: Shannon Tofts. ©

 “ Identity (6) ”.   2017.   2.5*2*3.2cm.  9ct Gold.  Photography: Shannon Tofts. ©

 “ Identity (6) ”.   2017.   2.5*2*3.2cm.  9ct Gold.  Photography: Shannon Tofts. ©

“ Identity (1) ”.     2017 .     Silver . Photography: Shannon Tofts. ©

“ Identity (1) ”.     2017 .     Silver . Photography: Shannon Tofts. ©


This ‘Identity’ originated from a self-initiated project titled ‘Air Chain’ which was developed from research into ancient Chinese coins displayed in the British Museum. ‘Air Chain’ began from a discussion on the value of money in ancient times, which was then reflected upon in a contemporary manner and concept. The final perspective demonstrates a substantial decline in value, which the modern Chinese population had lost in time. 

After the Air Chain project, ‘Identity’ further traced this topic back to ancient couture. Inspired by the representative symbol of the 16-17th century’s costume for imperial households and nobility in the western and eastern world: repetitive and complexly decorative waving lines. History of culture and politics show everlasting support for such aesthetic values. In the research, through disassembling and simplifying this symbol, I try to find the visional definition of “identity” in the perspective of the youth in 2017.