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When Intimacy become Public

The trivialisation and downgrading of decoration in the western world, reflect that the act of decorating the body, as a human practice, has been devalued as a powerful ritual which, since the origins of humanity has played an important role. At the same time the act of decorating the body has been strongly linked to the feminine culture among the centuries. This jewels challenge such conventions and connotations, and proposes that the act of wearing jewellery today, largely considered as feminine prerogative demeanour, should be accepted by society as a human behaviour and not as a specific choice, defined gender.

 

The transformation of worn socks that came from anonymous owners, lead this pieces to refer to the physical intimate part of female’s bodies, looking for attraction and repulsion. Generating a shift from the intimate to the public, questioning the inheritance, that the use of jewellery, has left in Western society with their categorisations of gender differentiation. This work is a critique against the trivialisation that the act of decorating the body as a banal behaviour linked with the feminine and the banal, proposing a dialogue between the wearer and the viewer to questioning and redefine how we relate in cultural and social terms with gender issues.

MFA Degree Project , Awarded the Konstfack Stipendium, Rector María Lantz, 2014. Konstfack, University College of Arts Crafts and Design. 

Materials: Electroformed Worn Socks, Vitreous Enamel, copper, Silver, Leather, Steel.