Nominee 2017 / Nominee 2018
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" Vanitas I & II "
I - 75 x 72 x 32 mm
II - 66 x 44 x 39 mm
apple peel, balsa wood, stainless steel
denatured organic material
Colley's M(eat) et al jewellery collection
is designed to sit alongside a complimentary set of Ambiguous Implements for eating,
grooming and cleaning, that jointly serve to highlight aspects of contemporary consumer culture.
The collections Re: Mains, Sha-Green and Vanitas series reference traditional themes
found in that genre of still life painting, juxtaposing food waste (such as fruit and vegetable peel and stones)
with the flesh of the human body,
questioning aspects surrounding body boundary and drawing attention to our relationship with food and its consumption. These series seek to remind the wearer of their mortality and of the worthlessness of worldly goods
and pleasures in its defamiliarisation of everyday organic substances through denaturing processes
and the waste food materials’ re-presentation as jewellery.
The degradable materials’ limited lifespan highlights the fleeting and complex nature of human existence
and the passing of time, suggesting the ultimate end that conventional jewellery circumvents through its endurance.