Yitong Zhang

Silversmithing and Jewellery Design

Glasgow School of Art


These works investigate people’s relationships with everyday objects, stimulated by people’s subconscious way of using them, and questions from functional behaviours. How objects “talk” is a question, responding to theories surrounding how objects might be ‘read’ as text. For this collection, Roland Barthes’ and Jean Baudrillard’s work is acknowledged by reference to symbolic meanings reflected in the values placed on materials, skill, and effort of objects; with Baudrillard stating: ‘We live by object time’ (1970). These works ask the viewers and users to connect with their time and space, in a dialogue that invites discussion of agency in human-object relations.