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Goldschmitte.
British Academy of Jewellery.
Goldmuseum Taipei - Metal Crafts Competition 2018.

Expenditures by Beatrice Brovia

Exhibition  /  05 Nov 2016  -  25 Nov 2016
Published: 29.10.2016
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Intro
Jewelry is my medium of choice as it allows me to explore the relationship between function and adornment. Expenditures synthesizes subjects, concepts and investigations that I have explored in the past 4 years; it looks at the function and agency of jewelry itself, its potential as both marker of the body and surface through which communication is made possible, how is it ritualised as an object, and how it can affect our performativity as social beings.

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Beatrice Brovia
In my work I have been addressing the relationship of sports with art making, in my specific case jewelry making. My point of departure has been the notion of unproductive expenditure: I had come to question the meaning of making, of my practice - what was this glorious consumption of time, material, labour and resources that I engaged in all about? It seemed more like a big waste than anything even remotely efficient or productive, it seemed like a potlatch.

Through time, it has become clearer to me that waste and effort are closely connected – sides of the same coin. I have started to see similarities between sports and the artistic or craft process: both practices entail a “competitive” type of expenditure that isn’t really economic, nor is it logical or based on an actual need or on an expectation of profit and efficiency. While this similarity among the athletic and the artistic effort is at the base of my investigation, so is the relationship of sports, its aesthetic and function, to jewelry and adornment.

There is this seductiveness that comes with sports and the ways they are popularised and advertised in our contemporary culture – it is a phenomenon, that of the sportification of culture, that is all-encompassing, from the monumentality and pathos of the Olympic Games to street sports, from haute couture and luxury to highly desirable sports gear and accessories – and, with the latest development of my work, I am referencing in part to this: how sports, the imaginary and material culture surrounding them, are powerful catalysts of ideals of body culture, affiliation, kinship and belonging, self-realisation and even escapism.
In this sense, I think jewelry and sports function in a very similar way.

Jewelry is my medium of choice as it allows me to explore the relationship between function and adornment. With this particular body of work, I walk the fine line between jewelry and accessory, branding and decoration. I am not interested in pushing the limits of the medium per se, what could be jewelry and what couldn’t, but rather in looking at the connections, the affinities, that this medium develops in relation to other areas of human activity, living and desire.
 

Opening

Saturday November 5th from 1 to 4 pm, the artist will be present
Beatrice Brovia. Necklace: Untitled, 2015. Sawdust, lacquer, nylon, rubber.. 37 x 11 x 4.2 cm. From series: Expenditures. Techniques: casting, hand-shaping, lacquer.. Beatrice Brovia
Necklace: Untitled, 2015
Sawdust, lacquer, nylon, rubber.
37 x 11 x 4.2 cm
From series: Expenditures
Techniques: casting, hand-shaping, lacquer.
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Beatrice Brovia. Necklace: Squander I, 2016. Sawdust, lacquer, custom-made nylon woven fabric.. 56 x 17 x 3 cm. From series: Expenditures. Techniques: casting, hand-shaping, custom-made woven nylon fabric, lacquer.. Beatrice Brovia
Necklace: Squander I, 2016
Sawdust, lacquer, custom-made nylon woven fabric.
56 x 17 x 3 cm
From series: Expenditures
Techniques: casting, hand-shaping, custom-made woven nylon fabric, lacquer.
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Beatrice Brovia. Necklace: Untitled, 2015. Sawdust, lacquer, leather, silver.. 54 x 9.5 x 4 cm. From series: Expenditures. Techniques: casting, hand-shaping, goldsmithing, lacquer.. Beatrice Brovia
Necklace: Untitled, 2015
Sawdust, lacquer, leather, silver.
54 x 9.5 x 4 cm
From series: Expenditures
Techniques: casting, hand-shaping, goldsmithing, lacquer.
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Beatrice Brovia. Brooch: Right Stuff, 2016. Embroidered plastic, reconstructed stone, silver, steel.. 9 x 10 x 0.8 cm. From series: Exonumia. Techniques: casting, machine embroidery, hand-shaping, goldsmithing.. Beatrice Brovia
Brooch: Right Stuff, 2016
Embroidered plastic, reconstructed stone, silver, steel.
9 x 10 x 0.8 cm
From series: Exonumia
Techniques: casting, machine embroidery, hand-shaping, goldsmithing.
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Beatrice Brovia. Brooch: Right Stuff, 2016. Embroidered plastic, reconstructed stone, silver, steel.. 9 x 10 x 0.8 cm. From series: Exonumia. On modelTechniques: casting, machine embroidery, hand-shaping, goldsmithing.. Beatrice Brovia
Brooch: Right Stuff, 2016
Embroidered plastic, reconstructed stone, silver, steel.
9 x 10 x 0.8 cm
From series: Exonumia

On model
Techniques: casting, machine embroidery, hand-shaping, goldsmithing.
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Beatrice Brovia. Necklace: Cre$t, 2016. Embroidered plastic, PU foam, silver, rubber.. 50 x 13 x 5.5 cm. From series: Exonumia. Techniques: casting, machine embroidery, hand-shaping, goldsmithing.. Beatrice Brovia
Necklace: Cre$t, 2016
Embroidered plastic, PU foam, silver, rubber.
50 x 13 x 5.5 cm
From series: Exonumia
Techniques: casting, machine embroidery, hand-shaping, goldsmithing.
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Beatrice Brovia. Necklace: Cre$t, 2016. Embroidered plastic, PU foam, silver, rubber.. 50 x 13 x 5.5 cm. From series: Exonumia. On modelTechniques: casting, machine embroidery, hand-shaping, goldsmithing.. Beatrice Brovia
Necklace: Cre$t, 2016
Embroidered plastic, PU foam, silver, rubber.
50 x 13 x 5.5 cm
From series: Exonumia

On model
Techniques: casting, machine embroidery, hand-shaping, goldsmithing.
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Beatrice Brovia. Necklace: Untitled, 2016. Custom-made nylon fabric, silver, rubber.. 42 x 17 x 1 cm. Techniques: custom-made woven nylon fabric, goldsmithing.. Beatrice Brovia
Necklace: Untitled, 2016
Custom-made nylon fabric, silver, rubber.
42 x 17 x 1 cm
Techniques: custom-made woven nylon fabric, goldsmithing.
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Beatrice Brovia. Brooch: Cre$t, 2016. Embroidered plastic, reconstructed stone, silver, steel.. 7 x 6 x 1 cm. From series: Exonumia. Techniques: machine embroidery, casting, goldsmithing.. Beatrice Brovia
Brooch: Cre$t, 2016
Embroidered plastic, reconstructed stone, silver, steel.
7 x 6 x 1 cm
From series: Exonumia
Techniques: machine embroidery, casting, goldsmithing.
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