In this series, I have been experimenting with porcelain to create wearable jewellery that explores the marks that emotions leave on our flesh.
Porcelain, like skin, begins as a soft, moist, and pliable substance. It can easily be stretched, pushed, folded, scratched, torn, or re-bonded to itself. When the desired series of actions has been applied, one dries it out and fires the leathery material at temperatures up to 1400c˚. Similar to the way time, experience, and emotion affect our bodies, this process, permanently changes the material composition leaving the porcelain hardened, durable, and stiff.
To understand this I have conducted video investigations of people in a variety of situations. These situations range from a lying in the sun on the beach, to siting in ones living room just days before giving birth. By filming subjects close up one is able to identify effects of the given conditions directly on the surface of the body.
The resulting works are flexible synthetic bands with accents of bright colors contrasted by hardened organic-shaped porcelain intestines. Fragility is the greatest of luxuries.
Life is juicy – How fragile is your day ( 2013 )