RISD Research Perspectives | Wei Zhang



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Wei Zhang's BFA CR 21 work weaves in and around the intersections of design and craft fostering a practice within both Industrial Design and Ceramics. Fusing technology into traditional clay techniques, his pieces combine elements of furniture, sculpture, installation and experimentation. His forms are inspired from his travels, captured in his photography, from the mountains of Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, China to the interior volcanoes of Iceland. Zhang uses the vehicle of ceramics, seen everywhere in our daily life, as a tool to interrogate ceramic art, product design and the interactions of the human body. In Fall 2021, Zhang entered into the Global Innovation Design (MA) at Royal College of Art in London in hopes to further his aesthetic fusions with intentions to broaden and exceed the expectations of what clay can do. This series highlights the intersections of art, design, theory, social justice and research in interviewed conversations within the RISD community, its faculty and students.

Written | Directed | Filmed | Edited by Holly Gaboriault [MA Global Arts + Cultures '21] Original Music by Antonio Forte


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RISD Research Perspectives | Wei Zhang