Liu has discovered these truths through her studies at the Academy, as she had no background in jewelry design before joining the university. Originally from Beijing, she has a master’s in ceramic arts from the University of Wolverhampton in the U.K. and a bachelor’s in ceramic art and design from Tsinghua University in China. In choosing the Academy to further her studies, she says she sought to learn new techniques to extend both her skills and her “art spirit” to a wider range of art forms. It was the Academy’s “diversity in art forms” that attracted her.
The WJA scholarship has helped her continue that exploration, she says, and was a “huge encouragement.” Asked if she has any words of encouragement for her fellow students, she responds with enthusiasm.
“What I’d love to share with my classmates is that getting out of the classroom and studio is very important. I believe the real source of imagination is the big world, rather than a tiny room. A sculpture at MOMA, a building downtown, a view from a bus on the Bay Bridge, even a leaf collected in Golden Gate Park are all beautiful and valuable enough to absorb into the mind. Artists should not be too utilitarian.”
Mengxuan Liu’s graceful jewelry designs truly bridge the space between wearability and beauty…and ensure that the conversation between wearer and artwork will continue.