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Alaitz MM. Gavilán. Glasgow School of Art. Selected Graduate 2020

Published: 20.11.2020
Alaitz MM. Gavilán
Alaitz MM. Gavilán

Author:
Glasgow School of Art
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2020
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Intro
Alaitz MM. Gavilán’s work embodies an exciting approach of the zeitgeist. Using the language of badges - symbols of protest and identity. She plays with forms and materiality to express her experience and observations of the world around her. The topic she is dealing with is brutal and it is fantastic how she translates this notion into her making but still ends up with a seductive aesthetic. For example, the pressure applied to an enamel surface creating a cracked texture becomes the perfect metaphor of the broken individualistic society she is commenting on. This is jewellery ready for the Street!
/ Silvia Weidenbach
Following some of the latest protest and altercations around the world, I recognised a concerning pattern: there is a tendency to criminalise and repress peaceful protest by governments and institutions, including the ones from democratic countries. Our rights to protest are too often violated, but that does not stop the brave and those who have nothing else to lose, to use their bodies as a tool for dissent.
The series of objects designed for this collection still in progress, derives its meanings from social movements and reflects on how the fundamental rights that we take for granted today have always been achieved by public protests and demonstrations on the streets, and very often with violence involved.
 
To create an aesthetic of resistance, of a type of distressed materiality, the jewellery pieces have been abused or damaged; putting the enamel under the pressure of a press form, for example, and creating a crackled texture, as a metaphor of a broken individualistic society, characteristic of neo-liberal economics and politics. The voices of the people and their chants appear in form of hand pierced metal, revealing the patience that requires fighting injustice and inequality. The objects here call for empathy and solidarity, a demand for a more community-minded society, symbolised in these small-scale works. 

/ Alaitz MM. Gavilán


More work and contact:
Email: alaitzmmgavilan@gmail.com
Instagram: @alaitzmmgavilan

Name of graduation student: Alaitz MM. Gavilán.
Name of the guiding teacher: Silvia Weidenbach.

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Alaitz MM. Gavilán. Piece: Peaceful Chaos, 2020. Enamel, steel, a round piece for reference.. 1 cm x 6.5 cm Ø. Photo by: Alaitz MM. Gavilán. Samples of future brooches.. Alaitz MM. Gavilán
Piece: Peaceful Chaos, 2020
Enamel, steel, a round piece for reference.
1 cm x 6.5 cm Ø
Photo by: Alaitz MM. Gavilán
Samples of future brooches.

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Alaitz MM. Gavilán. Brooch: Fight for your Rights, 2020. Enamel, steel, silver, brass.. 14 cm x 2 cm Ø. Photo by: Alaitz MM. Gavilán. Alaitz MM. Gavilán
Brooch: Fight for your Rights, 2020
Enamel, steel, silver, brass.
14 cm x 2 cm Ø
Photo by: Alaitz MM. Gavilán
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Alaitz MM. Gavilan. Piece: Hearts on Fire, 2020. Enamel, steel, silver, brass.. aprox. 5.5 x 7 x 1cm each. Photo by: Alaitz MM. Gavilan. Samples of future brooches.
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. Statement: Alaitz MM. Gavilan is a visual artist originally from Barcelona now based in Glasgow. Inclined towards jewellery making as mode of expression. Alaitz also engages with other self-taught artistic practices, like illustration and collage, to present her work. The series of objects designed for this collection derives its meanings from social movements and reflects on how the fundamental rights that we take for granted today have always been achieved by public protests and demonstrations on the streets, and very often with violence involved. To create an aesthetic of resistance, of a type of distressed materiality, the jewellery pieces have been abused or damaged; putting the enamel under the pressure of a press form, for example, and creating a crackled texture, as metaphor of a broken individualistic society, characteristic of neoliberal economics and politics. The objects here call for empathy and solidarity, a demand for a more community-minded society, symbolised in these small-scale works. Importantly, this collection is part of a broader personal project to expand silversmithing & jewellery designs and bring these closer to a wider spectrum of people, from different social classes, a goal of many previous generations of craft-activists.  . Alaitz MM. Gavilan
Piece: Hearts on Fire, 2020
Enamel, steel, silver, brass.
aprox. 5.5 x 7 x 1cm each
Photo by: Alaitz MM. Gavilan
Samples of future brooches.

Statement: Alaitz MM. Gavilan is a visual artist originally from Barcelona now based in Glasgow. Inclined towards jewellery making as mode of expression. Alaitz also engages with other self-taught artistic practices, like illustration and collage, to present her work. The series of objects designed for this collection derives its meanings from social movements and reflects on how the fundamental rights that we take for granted today have always been achieved by public protests and demonstrations on the streets, and very often with violence involved. To create an aesthetic of resistance, of a type of distressed materiality, the jewellery pieces have been abused or damaged; putting the enamel under the pressure of a press form, for example, and creating a crackled texture, as metaphor of a broken individualistic society, characteristic of neoliberal economics and politics. The objects here call for empathy and solidarity, a demand for a more community-minded society, symbolised in these small-scale works. Importantly, this collection is part of a broader personal project to expand silversmithing & jewellery designs and bring these closer to a wider spectrum of people, from different social classes, a goal of many previous generations of craft-activists.  

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Alaitz MM Gavilan. Brooch: Resist, Insist, Persist, 2020. Gold.. 5 x 1.5 x 0.4 cm. Rendered brooches.. Alaitz MM Gavilan
Brooch: Resist, Insist, Persist, 2020
Gold.
5 x 1.5 x 0.4 cm
Rendered brooches.

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Alaitz MM Gavilan. Piece: Els Carrers Seran Sempre Nostres(The Streets Will Always be Ours), 2020. Brass.. 7 x 5 x 0.8 cm.  Close detail of the pierced surface. . Alaitz MM Gavilan
Piece: Els Carrers Seran Sempre Nostres(The Streets Will Always be Ours), 2020
Brass.
7 x 5 x 0.8 cm
 Close detail of the pierced surface.

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