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Jewellery by Veronika Fabian and Lauren Kalman

Exhibition  /  12 May 2019  -  07 Jun 2019
Published: 06.05.2019
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Veronika Fabian’s work poses as a two-way mirror between contemporary society and jewellery. Lauren Kalman's Icons of the Flesh. Embodiers visualizes the body in ways that promote positive identification with anatomy and sexuality.

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Veronika Fabian, Lauren Kalman
Veronika Fabian’s work circulates around questioning the established and conventional, stirring up the status quo. In her chain work Fabian explores the question of identity under the current sociocultural conditions. The series Rebellious Chains visualize the process of changing identity, inspired by her own artistic journey towards jewellery. The original assumption regarding chains is that they often are subservient to the main jewel. Therefore, she transforms ordinary chains, still respecting their original values but enabling them to form their own patterns and achieve jewellery status on their own. The collection Chains for an Average Woman draws connections between women’s self-identity, popular culture and mass media, exploring how identity develops against a background of economic and cultural conditions. In her latest work, she investigates the complex relationship of consumerism and craftsmanship, colliding the mass produced and the unique.


The icons from Lauren Kalman's Icons of the Flesh. Embodiers are signs or abstractions that point toward the body. The title Icons of the Flesh references notions of religious ideas of morality in relation to the body. These notions are contrasted by the representation of sexualized body parts and genitalia. In the Embodiers series comprised of Collars, Badges, and Buttons these sexualized body parts are simplified. With their form abstracted they can be worn in public without immediate recognition (often mistaken for other functional objects, like teapot lids, or security tags), thus serving as a public display of positive support for the body and sexuality. Rather than necklaces or brooches, they are described as badges, collars, and buttons, allusions to wearable communication devices as seen in identity building devices like military uniforms or political movements. There is also levity in their form, as they are almost naive in their simplified rendering of anatomy. These works are rendered digitally in a 3D modeling program, 3D printed, and then cast in clay. The digital fabrication adds another layer of abstraction and removes from the body. The ceramic is then set in gold-plated brass.
 
Veronika Fabian. Necklace: Woman, 2019. Silver plated oxidised brass.. 27 x 42 x 1 cm. Photo by: Veronika Fabian. From series: Chains for an Average Woman. Veronika Fabian
Necklace: Woman, 2019
Silver plated oxidised brass.
27 x 42 x 1 cm
Photo by: Veronika Fabian
From series: Chains for an Average Woman
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Veronika Fabian. Necklace: Rebellious Chain #3, 2017. Oxidised brass.. 21 x 75 x 1 cm. Photo by: Veronika Fabian. From series: Rebellious Chains. Veronika Fabian
Necklace: Rebellious Chain #3, 2017
Oxidised brass.
21 x 75 x 1 cm
Photo by: Veronika Fabian
From series: Rebellious Chains
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Veronika Fabian. Necklace: Biglink, 2018. Gold plated brass.. 20 x 30 x 4 cm. Photo by: Veronika Fabian. From series: Chains for an Average Woman. Veronika Fabian
Necklace: Biglink, 2018
Gold plated brass.
20 x 30 x 4 cm
Photo by: Veronika Fabian
From series: Chains for an Average Woman
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Lauren Kalman. Pendant: Avatar, 2017. Ceramic, gold-plated brass.. 5 x 5 x 12 cm. From series: Avatar. Lauren Kalman
Pendant: Avatar, 2017
Ceramic, gold-plated brass.
5 x 5 x 12 cm
From series: Avatar
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Lauren Kalman. Brooch: Icons of the Flesh, 2016. Ceramic, gold-plated brass, gold-plated nickel.. 1 x 4 x 4 cm. From series: Icons of the Flesh. Lauren Kalman
Brooch: Icons of the Flesh, 2016
Ceramic, gold-plated brass, gold-plated nickel.
1 x 4 x 4 cm
From series: Icons of the Flesh
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Lauren Kalman. Necklace: Icons of the Flesh, 2016. Ceramic, gold-plated brass.. 1 x 4 x 4 cm. From series: Icons of the Flesh. Lauren Kalman
Necklace: Icons of the Flesh, 2016
Ceramic, gold-plated brass.
1 x 4 x 4 cm
From series: Icons of the Flesh
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