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.
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.