Three Parts Of Two / 2016

Three Parts of Two / 2016

Master's Degree Program, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design

My project deals with my nuclear family (my father, my mother and myself) that stopped existing as a family when I was six years old, the time my parents got divorced. In this project, I come to terms with the void that was formed in me because of my lack of memories up to that age, and with the impulse to try to fill that void; I move between the need to forget and repress, and the desire to remember my past and get to know it.

The field of Jewelry dictates a research through material, and focuses the project around the question of the role of jewelry, and the role of an artistic creation as the carrier of memory, with all its layers. In this way, the piece of jewelry becomes an intimate vessel, through which I examine my personal story, as well as its own story as an object wishing to gain meaning, expand its being and transmit a message.

The piece of jewelry does not forget its traditional features, which are related to the function of wearing and attaching it to the body. On the contrary, it uses those, challenges them and combines them with material and formal studies, in order to express an idea.

What motivates me is the void, which I have been trying to fill, incessantly, over the years.

Therefore, from the formal aspect it was important for me to mark it as my basic action, the first thing I do with the material, again and again. Thus, the hole becomes the leading element of all the shapes. It is the generator, where everything begins. All of my pieces of jewelry are built around it, crystallize within it, sometimes protecting it, sometimes desecrating it.  They make it present, having power and weight, a mark carried on my body as a scar.

The actions I take as a jeweler come to repair, mend and connect, yet they actually perforate, stab and injure. The jewelry's connection mechanisms attach them to the body wearing them, but they are the ones who are eventually responsible for breaking apart and separation.

Through thread, wood and metal, the materials that represent the crafts of my seamstress mother, my carpenter father and myself, the jewelry maker, I examine our relationship, as I wish to achieve reconciliation and tie us to each other once again. I hide our existence in the jewelry, documenting some forgotten pain, but also, if only for a brief moment, bringing us back together.

 

Materials: Wood (pine, birch, MDF), sewing and embroidery thread (cotton), metals (925 silver, 14k gold, brass, nickel silver, carbon steel), enamel, glass, ropes, flowers (cape leadwort, hibiscus, oleander, daisy), epoxy and paint (watercolor, spray paint, glass paint, ink).