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Luci Jockel. Rhode Island School of Design. Selected Graduate 2016

Article  /  ArtistsGraduate 2016
Published: 09.06.2016
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The thesis work of Luci Jockel is a hauntingly beautiful and poetic reflection on our contemporary rupture with the natural world.Through the act of wearing, one is acutely aware of the work's corporeality, its material consequence, and our tenuous interconnectedness. / Tracy Steepy
 
Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island, United States

Luci Jockel - Eulogy

My work is a eulogy for all fauna. It involves a ritual act of suture - a ceremonial process of mending and healing - one that functions as a curative process for myself as well as others. While wandering in the woods, or gleaning from animal specimen collections and negotiating with hunters and beekeepers, I gather the remains of fauna in order to make jewelry. I long to restore the fragmented ruins into wholeness. I long to heal what has been broken. From their death comes rebirth, new life. Quietly, these relics reflect the porosity between all things.Jewelry has a history of holding the intimacy we share with loved ones. It can function as a mnemonic device; a reminder of a loved one’s presence, in their absence.My work references the relics of Roman catacombs, Victorian mourning jewelry, and other funerary rituals that materialize mortality. These relics, traditions, and moments in history use the deceased body, fragmented or whole, as a tangible link between the living and the dead. I employ similar rituals of commemoration, but for other species, species whose lives have been affected by the alteration of their environment. Bones of deer,muskrat, and birds, as well honey bees are assembled in a ritual act of healing. My intervention with the material is minimal, as they require a light touch. This allows for the wearer to be in direct contact with the raw remnants with little mediation. When we physically connect with the body of another species, can we rediscover the connection we once understood? Can we renew our empathy for fauna? These relics seek to suture,not only the loss of an animal being, but our severed relationship to it.

With the idea of embracing animals as our counterparts, my intention is for humans to appreciate their lives, feel their pain, and grieve their loss. These contemporary relics are an inquiry: Can a physical experience with these objects mend this lost connection between humans and nonhumans? My aim is to lead viewers to a point of revelation: that animal beings are not separate from humans, that we are ontologically connected. We are all pars pro toto, a part of the whole.

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Luci Jockel. Brooch: Royal Mourning, 2014. Squirrel skull, bird skulls, lichen, fungi, insect pins, steel. Photo by: Luci Jockel. Luci Jockel
Brooch: Royal Mourning, 2014
Squirrel skull, bird skulls, lichen, fungi, insect pins, steel
Photo by: Luci Jockel
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Luci Jockel. Brooch: Bee Mourning, 2016. Steel wire, beeswax, honey bee. Photo by: Luci Jockel. Luci Jockel
Brooch: Bee Mourning, 2016
Steel wire, beeswax, honey bee
Photo by: Luci Jockel
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Luci Jockel. Brooch: Bee Mourning II, 2014. Allium seed pods, steel, beeswax, charcoal, honey bee. Photo by: Luci Jockel. Luci Jockel
Brooch: Bee Mourning II, 2014
Allium seed pods, steel, beeswax, charcoal, honey bee
Photo by: Luci Jockel
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Luci Jockel. Necklace: Lunula, 2016. Honey bee wings, PVA glue. Photo by: Josephine Hjort. Luci Jockel
Necklace: Lunula, 2016
Honey bee wings, PVA glue
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Luci Jockel. Piece: Seven Sorrows, 2016. Muskrat skulls, silver, 24k gold leaf, honey comb, beeswax, honey bees, ladybugs, lichen . Photo by: Josephine Hjort. Ring & Necklace. Luci Jockel
Piece: Seven Sorrows, 2016
Muskrat skulls, silver, 24k gold leaf, honey comb, beeswax, honey bees, ladybugs, lichen 
Photo by: Josephine Hjort
Ring & Necklace
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