Yingqi Puffy Zhao

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Yingqi Puffy Zhao is 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. She is a University of Illinois 2016 Bronze Tablet Scholar.

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.

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