Chinese Jump Rope by Jennifer Ling Datchuk

Chinese Jump Rope by Jennifer Ling Datchuk


Porcelain and Human Hair.

“Across the world, women and girls grow their hair for money. 

Different nationalities are prized for their virtues, but the hair dealer I met in China said Chinese hair was the best for wigs because it can mimic any texture or style, and be transformed into any color. 

As I made Chinese Jump Rope, I considered that we live in a world where identity can be manufactured and appearances easily appropriated without concern or even awareness. 

I realized that we both question and desire authenticity of the other.”

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About Jennifer Ling Datchuk:  
Jennifer Ling Datchuk was born in Warren, Ohio and currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. 

As the child of a Chinese immigrant and grandchild of Russian and Irish immigrants, the family histories of conflict she has inherited are a perpetual source for her work. She captures this conflict by exploring the emotive power of domestic objects and rituals that fix, organize, soothe, and beautify our lives. 

Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. She has received grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio as well as Artpace to research the birthplace of porcelain in Jingdezhen, China. 

Recently, she was awarded the Emerging Voices Award from the American Craft Council.