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Chris Massey

Jeweller
Published: 15.08.2015
Chris Massey. Object: Celebrity Glow Compact, 2014. Gombeira, fine silver, sterling silver, electronics, acrylic gemstones. 8 x 3 cm. Photo by: Andrew Barcham. Chris Massey
Object: Celebrity Glow Compact, 2014
Gombeira, fine silver, sterling silver, electronics, acrylic gemstones
8 x 3 cm
Photo by: Andrew Barcham
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Chris Massey. Object: Celebrity Glow Compact, 2014. Gombeira, fine silver, sterling silver, electronics, acrylic gemstones. 8 x 3 cm. Photo by: Andrew Barcham. Inside view. Chris Massey
Object: Celebrity Glow Compact, 2014
Gombeira, fine silver, sterling silver, electronics, acrylic gemstones
8 x 3 cm
Photo by: Andrew Barcham

Inside view

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Chris Massey. Brooch: You don’t even need a prescription…, 2014. 18k gold, silver, magnets, found objects. 4.5 x 2 cm, variable. Photo by: Andrew Barcham. From series: Everything All at Once. Chris Massey
Brooch: You don’t even need a prescription…, 2014
18k gold, silver, magnets, found objects
4.5 x 2 cm, variable
Photo by: Andrew Barcham
From series: Everything All at Once
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Chris Massey. Brooch: You don’t even need a prescription…, 2014. 18k gold, silver, magnets, found objects. 4.5 x 2 cm, variable. Photo by: Andrew Barcham. From series: Everything All at Once. On model. Chris Massey
Brooch: You don’t even need a prescription…, 2014
18k gold, silver, magnets, found objects
4.5 x 2 cm, variable
Photo by: Andrew Barcham
From series: Everything All at Once

On model

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Chris Massey. Neckpiece: Worry Beads for Beauty, or How To Achieve the Smoothed, Soothed, Wrinkle-Removed, Conditioned, Corrected, Energized and Perfected Look You Need, 2014. Plastic bags, dental elastics, elastic band, various beauty products (shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, body scrub, facial cleanser, face cream, eye cream, foundation, corrector, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, fake eyelashes, blush, glitter, lip liner, lip gloss, lipstick, body cream). 29 x 13 cm. Photo by: Jeremy Dillon. Chris Massey
Neckpiece: Worry Beads for Beauty, or How To Achieve the Smoothed, Soothed, Wrinkle-Removed, Conditioned, Corrected, Energized and Perfected Look You Need, 2014
Plastic bags, dental elastics, elastic band, various beauty products (shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, body scrub, facial cleanser, face cream, eye cream, foundation, corrector, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, fake eyelashes, blush, glitter, lip liner, lip gloss, lipstick, body cream)
29 x 13 cm
Photo by: Jeremy Dillon
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Chris Massey. Neckpiece: Worry Beads for Beauty, or How To Achieve the Smoothed, Soothed, Wrinkle-Removed, Conditioned, Corrected, Energized and Perfected Look You Need, 2014. Plastic bags, dental elastics, elastic band, various beauty products (shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, body scrub, facial cleanser, face cream, eye cream, foundation, corrector, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, fake eyelashes, blush, glitter, lip liner, lip gloss, lipstick, body cream). 29 x 13 cm. Photo by: Jeremy Dillon. On model. Chris Massey
Neckpiece: Worry Beads for Beauty, or How To Achieve the Smoothed, Soothed, Wrinkle-Removed, Conditioned, Corrected, Energized and Perfected Look You Need, 2014
Plastic bags, dental elastics, elastic band, various beauty products (shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, body scrub, facial cleanser, face cream, eye cream, foundation, corrector, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, fake eyelashes, blush, glitter, lip liner, lip gloss, lipstick, body cream)
29 x 13 cm
Photo by: Jeremy Dillon

On model

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Chris Massey. Neckpiece: Worry Beads for Beauty, or How To Achieve the Smoothed, Soothed, Wrinkle-Removed, Conditioned, Corrected, Energized and Perfected Look You Need, 2014. Plastic bags, dental elastics, elastic band, various beauty products (shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, body scrub, facial cleanser, face cream, eye cream, foundation, corrector, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, fake eyelashes, blush, glitter, lip liner, lip gloss, lipstick, body cream). 29 x 13 cm. Photo by: Jeremy Dillon. On model. Chris Massey
Neckpiece: Worry Beads for Beauty, or How To Achieve the Smoothed, Soothed, Wrinkle-Removed, Conditioned, Corrected, Energized and Perfected Look You Need, 2014
Plastic bags, dental elastics, elastic band, various beauty products (shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, body scrub, facial cleanser, face cream, eye cream, foundation, corrector, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, fake eyelashes, blush, glitter, lip liner, lip gloss, lipstick, body cream)
29 x 13 cm
Photo by: Jeremy Dillon

On model

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Chris Massey. Neckpiece: A Worry Bead for Wealth, or How to Manage When Money’s On Your Mind, 2014. Sterling silver, steel cable. neckpiece: 18.4 cm; coin: 2.3 cm diam.. Photo by: Jeremy Dillon. Chris Massey
Neckpiece: A Worry Bead for Wealth, or How to Manage When Money’s On Your Mind, 2014
Sterling silver, steel cable
neckpiece: 18.4 cm; coin: 2.3 cm diam.
Photo by: Jeremy Dillon
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Chris Massey. Neckpiece: A Worry Bead for Wealth, or How to Manage When Money’s On Your Mind, 2014. Sterling silver, steel cable. neckpiece: 18.4 cm; coin: 2.3 cm diam.. Photo by: Jeremy Dillon. Detail. Chris Massey
Neckpiece: A Worry Bead for Wealth, or How to Manage When Money’s On Your Mind, 2014
Sterling silver, steel cable
neckpiece: 18.4 cm; coin: 2.3 cm diam.
Photo by: Jeremy Dillon

Detail

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Chris Massey. Neckpiece: A Worry Bead for Wealth, or How to Manage When Money’s On Your Mind, 2014. Sterling silver, steel cable. neckpiece: 18.4 cm; coin: 2.3 cm diam.. Photo by: Jeremy Dillon. On model. Chris Massey
Neckpiece: A Worry Bead for Wealth, or How to Manage When Money’s On Your Mind, 2014
Sterling silver, steel cable
neckpiece: 18.4 cm; coin: 2.3 cm diam.
Photo by: Jeremy Dillon

On model

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Chris Massey. Neckpiece: Untitled, 2012. Beauty magazines, human hair, wood. 80 x 15 x 2.5 cm. Photo by: Jeremy Dillon. Chris Massey
Neckpiece: Untitled, 2012
Beauty magazines, human hair, wood
80 x 15 x 2.5 cm
Photo by: Jeremy Dillon
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Chris Massey. Neckpiece: Untitled, 2012. Beauty magazines, craft glue, gold-filled chain. 136 cm. Photo by: Jeremy Dillon. Chris Massey
Neckpiece: Untitled, 2012
Beauty magazines, craft glue, gold-filled chain
136 cm
Photo by: Jeremy Dillon
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Chris Massey. Neckpiece: Untitled, 2012. Beauty magazines, craft glue, gold-filled chain. 136 cm. Photo by: Jeremy Dillon. Chris Massey
Neckpiece: Untitled, 2012
Beauty magazines, craft glue, gold-filled chain
136 cm
Photo by: Jeremy Dillon
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Chris Massey. Bangle: Untitled, 2012. Beauty magazines, craft glue. Various sizes; each approx. 11 x 9 x 5 cm. Photo by: Jeremy Dillon. Chris Massey
Bangle: Untitled, 2012
Beauty magazines, craft glue
Various sizes; each approx. 11 x 9 x 5 cm
Photo by: Jeremy Dillon
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Chris Massey. Piece: A Giving Ring, 2012. Porcelain, sterling silver, recycled card. Rings approx. 1.5 x 3 cm; cards 10 x 15 cm. Photo by: Chris Massey. Packaging
. Interactive project. Chris Massey
Piece: A Giving Ring, 2012
Porcelain, sterling silver, recycled card
Rings approx. 1.5 x 3 cm; cards 10 x 15 cm
Photo by: Chris Massey

Packaging
Interactive project

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Chris Massey. Piece: A Giving Ring, 2012. Porcelain, sterling silver, recycled card. Rings approx. 1.5 x 3 cm; cards 10 x 15 cm. Photo by: Chris Massey. Exhibited cards
. Interactive project. Chris Massey
Piece: A Giving Ring, 2012
Porcelain, sterling silver, recycled card
Rings approx. 1.5 x 3 cm; cards 10 x 15 cm
Photo by: Chris Massey

Exhibited cards
Interactive project

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Chris Massey. Vessel: Model for FLW Cocktail Shaker, 2010. Brass. 21 x 11 x 8.5 cm. Photo by: Chris Massey. Chris Massey
Vessel: Model for FLW Cocktail Shaker, 2010
Brass
21 x 11 x 8.5 cm
Photo by: Chris Massey
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Chris Massey. Vessel: Model for FLW Cocktail Shaker, 2010. Brass. 21 x 11 x 8.5 cm. Photo by: Chris Massey. Top view. Chris Massey
Vessel: Model for FLW Cocktail Shaker, 2010
Brass
21 x 11 x 8.5 cm
Photo by: Chris Massey

Top view

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Chris Massey. Brooch: Broochfloria Chadstonis, 2009. Gold-plated and enameled copper, sterling silver, stainless steel. 4 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Terence Bogue. Components. Chris Massey
Brooch: Broochfloria Chadstonis, 2009
Gold-plated and enameled copper, sterling silver, stainless steel
4 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Terence Bogue

Components

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Chris Massey. Brooch: Broochfloria Chadstonis, 2009. Gold-plated and enameled copper, sterling silver, stainless steel. 4 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Terence Bogue. Chris Massey
Brooch: Broochfloria Chadstonis, 2009
Gold-plated and enameled copper, sterling silver, stainless steel
4 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Terence Bogue
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Chris Massey. Brooch: Broochfloria Chadstonis, 2009. Gold-plated and enameled copper, sterling silver, stainless steel. 4 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Terence Bogue. Chris Massey
Brooch: Broochfloria Chadstonis, 2009
Gold-plated and enameled copper, sterling silver, stainless steel
4 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Terence Bogue
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Chris Massey. Ring: The MCG Engagement ring, 2009. Sterling silver, cubic zirconia. 1.7 x 2.5 x 1 cm. Photo by: Terence Bogue. Chris Massey
Ring: The MCG Engagement ring, 2009
Sterling silver, cubic zirconia
1.7 x 2.5 x 1 cm
Photo by: Terence Bogue
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Intro
Trained as an interior designer, Chris Massey has worked in jewellery since moving to Melbourne, Australia in 2008. He completed an Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology (Jewellery, NMIT, 2009) where he won the John Lazos Best Design Award. Since then, Massey has gone on to study his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Gold & Silversmithing, exploring consumer (mis)behaviour and narcissism through interactive jewellery works. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Emily Hope Prize for Figurative Work (Acquisitive) for his Celebrity Glow Compact.

Statement

Through his practice Chris Massey explores the universalities and foibles of our contemporary human condition. In particular, he is interested in considering theories of commodity fetishism and consumer identity and exploring the tensions between our bourgeois needs and wants.

As our global economy expands, and millions more people are lifted up out of poverty and dropped into shopping malls, our brand selections, the products we handle every day and the public personas we work to present more and more define our behaviour and self-perceptions.  As a result, our consumer identity is increasingly conflicted, rooted in narcissism and its associated, bourgeois (mis)behaviours – obsessions with materialism, fame, beauty and wealth among others.

The four principles of concept, form, material and technique support his practice and Massey’s reflexive process often leads him back to similar research. Visually, the work he produces is diverse in colour, scale, shape and texture, so materials might be crafted or industrial, techniques can range from everyday to experimental and jewellery forms could be traditional or absurd.

“In part, I look to the traditional subject (the viewer) as broad inspiration to create objects and works that reflect our universal similarities. I endeavour to find ways of asking both the wearer and the viewer to consider the intricacies of our consumer identities, and use interactive elements and participatory methods to provoke a revelation in the viewer.”
/ Chris Massey

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