Originally from Changzhou, China, Chuzhan Du is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Jewelry at the Savannah College of Art and Design, graduating Fall 2016. Her work has an inseparable relationship with her Chinese heritage, symbolizing her own indigenous cultural identity and personal idiosyncrasies.
For Du, nostalgia is a kind of imaginative recollection, an emotional life experience, and a kind of poetic art for survival. She uses the fragments from found objects in her work to convey emotional attachment and as metaphor to interpret the perception of memory. Du sees her works as characters that symbolize her moods, the meaning of life, and interpretations of interactions with others. In this way, she connects personally meaningful fragments and culturally significant artifacts with her understanding of culture to further emancipate the mind.