Andrea Wagner

White porcelain with its beautiful blue Chinese pattern decorations and these objects became instant collectibles for Royalty and the rich in western countries during seafaring times due to their limited and costly access and mysterious material. This also started an extensive searching to find the secret recipe for recreating the beautiful white stoneware wherin the Chinese patterns were copied in order to create their version of Chinoiserie. In this way these cultural objects spread that beauty over the world.

In today's heated discussion there would be heated finger pointing and calling it theft of cultural apropriation, something that wasn't around in the 17th and 18th centuries, otherwise Western culture  would not have had such a rich history of how porcelain-making and the blossoming of cultural influence . For the project I combined an original Chinese shard with detail images from Chinoiserie porcelain and stoneware from different countries which echo the original pattern details.The final blossom-like shapes of the jewelry suggest an unfolding expansion of this cultural influence from China  outwards into western countries. 


有美丽蓝色中式花纹装饰的白瓷,在航海时代,这些器物因其稀有、昂贵以及神秘材质,立即成为西方国家皇室和富人的收藏品。这也开始了一场广泛的寻找重现美丽白色瓷器的秘方搜寻,中国图案被复制,以创造西方的中式风格。通过这种方式,陶瓷将这种美传播到了世界各地。在今天激烈的讨论中,会有指责称其为对文化产权的盗窃,而这在17、18世纪是不存在的,否则西方文化就不会有如此丰富的制瓷历史和文化影响力的绽放。在这个项目中,我将一个原始的中国碎瓷片与来自不同国家的中式陶瓷的图案结合起来,它们与原始图案细节相呼应。最后,首饰的花朵状形状暗示了这种文化影响从中国向西方国家的扩展。

About Artist 


Andrea Wagner, born in Freiburg i.Br./Germany, lived 12 years in Canada growing up outside of Montreal till completing Highschool. Since 1997 she owns a studio in Amsterdam. From1993 - 1994, she studied at STAATLICHE ZEICHENAKADEMIE, Hanau, Germany, and from 1994 - 1997 she studied at GERRIT RIETVELD ACADEMY, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, under Ruudt Peters. She is a recipient of several prestigious grants and financial support for projects through organizations such as the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design. Her work is featured internationally in exhibitions and private as well as public collections - such as Museum of Arts&Design New York, Museum of Fine Arts/Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/USA, Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal/CAN, Françoise van den Bosch collection/Amsterdam, Netherlands Textile Museum/Tilburg, Netherlands. She is curator and organizer of touring exhibition GOLDEN CLOGS, DUTCH MOUNTAINS to seven venues in the United States and Canada in 2007 and 2008, and co-curator of the exhibition WALKING THE GRAY AREA in Mexico City, Mexico in 2010.

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