Yingqi Puffy Zhao is a metalsmith, a contemporary jeweler, and an MFA candidate in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design at Indiana University Bloomington. She holds a BFA in Crafts with concentration in Metals from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her current work communicates the juxtaposition of 3D printed components and enameled components. She is a 2017-2019 HASTAC Scholar, and a University of Illinois 2016 Bronze Tablet Scholar.


Artist Statement

My work is a container for my soul to rest in and breathe with. I am drawn to microscopic structures of living forms. The idea that how creatures are perceived by human eyes could be entirely different from the imagery revealed by a microscope makes me ponder whether I am able to capture the reality of anything merely through direct observation and visual reproduction. I create bizarre and sculptural creatures that contain emotion and memories between the creatures and myself. I am intrigued and inspired by the process of uniting materials that have distinctive texture, color, hardness, toughness, and transparency, which enables me to express my various identities, and helps me visualize the growth of a newborn from an ambiguous seed to a matured form. 

My work is my vacant space. The tangible form is the glimmer that shadows the dazzling unknown.