Text and work: Zeyun Chen, China.
What is value?
This is a question that Zeyun is fascinated by and which forms the core of her Masters project. At first glance, you might not recognise the material she has used to create her objects. Could it be wood? Bone? Or is it a precious material such as coral, shell or ivory – materials that are worth treasuring? Her objects are, in fact, made of potato.
When these vegetables are hand carved and dehydrated, they become sturdy and tough. The sweet potato and taro vegetables come in bright shades of purple and orange, while the common baking potato gives a wonderfully delicate ivory. Zeyun became obsessed with potatoes and has created a collection celebrating its features and complex relationship to value.