Lily Yung: Alchemy

Libby Hague

2000, 12:12 minutes, colour/B&W, English


This video examines the delicate, sensual jewelry of Lily Yung. Yung enthusiastically demonstrates her working methods and discusses her love of detail, simple objects and the delicious freedom of making exactly what you want. Stuart Reid, the Director and Curator of the Art Gallery of Mississauga, contextualizes Yung's work with insightful observations about its transformative nature, both in its material aspects, as simple materials become rare and wonderful objects and in its psychological significance, as the drama of wearing these works of art affects one's sense of self.

"magical transformation is evident in the way Lily works. Wire and mass produced beads are woven, knitted and transformed into a garment for the body, something precious and beautiful which metamorphoses the original materials into something wonderful and surprising.' Stuart Reid, Director/Curator, Art Gallery of Mississauga

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