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Alice Biolo. Glasgow School of Art. New Talents Award Nominee 2023

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Published: 14.11.2023
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Glasgow School of Art
Edited by:
Klimt02
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Barcelona
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2023
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Intro
The 9th edition of the New Talents Award by Klimt02 aims to recognize the work of graduate students in our field by supporting their careers in the professional world. Nominated by our school members, one of the selected graduates will win the New Talents Award.

'Under the skin' is a collection of brooches developed from the concept of pain and trauma. The brooches become an intent of translating an emotional state into 9 main physical wearable objects, representing different stages of trauma and how most humans process it.
 
Name of graduation student: Alice Biolo
Name of guiding teacher: Marianne Anderson


Nominated by Glasgow School of Art

Alice Biolo’s jewellery is both reflective and emotional. Alice’s interest in exploring human emotions, namely trauma, has built a collection that references the human reaction to this feeling subtly and sensitively. Her research became a personal exploration into experiences with emotion and how we as humans deal with the stages of both distress and healing. How we respond to others and how we can choose to reveal or hide these emotions. The result is a body of work that captures these concepts and draws the wearer and viewer in through its subtlety and meticulous execution.
/Marianne Anderson, Lecturer in Silversmithing & Jewellery at The Glasgow School of Art


The statement of the artist:
'Under the skin' is a collection of brooches developed from the concept of pain and trauma. The brooches become an intent of translating an emotional state into 9 main physical wearable objects, representing different stages of trauma and how most humans process it.
'Under the skin' is the outcome of a personal journal, investigating how one reacts to traumatic experiences and to better understand them and translate them into tangible objects.
The collection is composed of cylindrical shaped silver hollow structures, with a hidden compartment on the inside, a metaphor of the human state, linear and simple on the outside but complex on the inside.

The 9 wearable objects themselves are divided into three subcategories mimicking the different stages of trauma. The first step, meaning the first 3 objects represent the initial stage of awareness. Through the objects we can see the process of one’s own awareness and realisation of the presence of trauma having the first object, N1, hiding the heaviness of the internal pins while still feeling the weight of the burden it brings. While the second piece, N2,shows a small opening giving us view of the pins symbolising the willingness of opening oneself up to the confrontation of their trauma. Finally, the third piece, N3,has a larger opening creating a more dominant presence of the pins and completing the final stage of awareness. The oxidisation throughout is also part of thenarration, the first piece lacking it symbolising the purity before the darkness takes over gradually on the other two pieces.

The second stage reaches the step of processing with the addition of red garnets symbolising pain. N4 represents the bottling up of the pain, having the garnets concentrated in the centre of the piece following an inevitable explosion demonstrated in N5 through differently levelled stone settings. N6 is the aftermath of the outburst leaving only a small remanence of pain hidden in an evenly pinned surface.

The final stage ends in acceptance which incorporates the use of 24kgold plated pinsfirst showing slightly inN7, increasing in N8 and then finally transforming all of the pins in N9. This process shows that while we can reach the acceptance of our trauma the effects of it will result to an evolution changing us as a result, and not the disappearance of it, conserving the sharpness.
In the traditional sense jewellery serves the purpose of conveying certain symbolism or status toward the outside world. In this instance the lack thereof and the simplicity of the design to the eye of the observer creates a special sentiment for the wearer alone. When worn, the wearer can choose to show and share the back of the broochwith an audience, or keep it for themselves. The collection is an echo of social behaviour encouraged withinour society, to show the attractive aspects of ourselves and share those with the world, while we are encouraged to hide those less appealing and possibly hurtful and damaging, keeping our most vulnerable parts to ourselves. Under the skin aims to open a conversation and awareness regarding mental health and how individual but similar humans experience are.


Contact:
Mail: Abiolo.design@libero.it
Instagram: @a.biolo.design
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/alice-biolo-02b197207

Find out more about the courses at Glasgow School of Art
 
Alice Biolo. Brooch: N.1 – N.2 – N.3, 2023. Sterling silver, stainless steel pins. 6.5 x 2 x 6.5 cm. Photo by: Ryan Gibson. From series: Awareness, Under the Skin collection. From left to right: 1450€. 1650€. 1750€. Alice Biolo
Brooch: N.1 – N.2 – N.3, 2023
Sterling silver, stainless steel pins
6.5 x 2 x 6.5 cm
Photo by: Ryan Gibson
From series: Awareness, Under the Skin collection
From left to right: 1450€. 1650€. 1750€
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Alice Biolo. Brooch: N.1 – N.2 – N.3, 2023. Sterling silver, stainless steel pins. 6.5 x 2 x 6.5 cm. Photo by: Ryan Gibson. From series: Awareness, Under the Skin collection. Back viewFrom left to right: 1450€. 1650€. 1750€. Alice Biolo
Brooch: N.1 – N.2 – N.3, 2023
Sterling silver, stainless steel pins
6.5 x 2 x 6.5 cm
Photo by: Ryan Gibson
From series: Awareness, Under the Skin collection

Back view
From left to right: 1450€. 1650€. 1750€
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Alice Biolo. Brooch: N.4, 2023. Sterling silver, stainless steel pins, red garnets. 6.5 x 2 x 6.5 cm. Photo by: Ryan Gibson. From series: Processing. Under the Skin collection. Alice Biolo
Brooch: N.4, 2023
Sterling silver, stainless steel pins, red garnets
6.5 x 2 x 6.5 cm
Photo by: Ryan Gibson
From series: Processing. Under the Skin collection
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Estimated price: 1750 €

Alice Biolo. Brooch: N.4 – N.5 – N.6, 2023. Sterling silver, stainless steel pins, red garnets. 6.5 x 2 x 6.5 cm. Photo by: Ryan Gibson. From series: Processing, Under the Skin collection. From left to right: 1750€. 1970€. 1900€ . Alice Biolo
Brooch: N.4 – N.5 – N.6, 2023
Sterling silver, stainless steel pins, red garnets
6.5 x 2 x 6.5 cm
Photo by: Ryan Gibson
From series: Processing, Under the Skin collection
From left to right: 1750€. 1970€. 1900€ 
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Alice Biolo. Brooch: N.7 – N.8 – N.9, 2023. Sterling silver, stainless steel pins, 24k gold plating. 6.5 x 2 x 6.5 cm. Photo by: Ryan Gibson. From series: Acceptance, Under the Skin collection. From left to right: 600€. 1650€. 1900€.. Alice Biolo
Brooch: N.7 – N.8 – N.9, 2023
Sterling silver, stainless steel pins, 24k gold plating
6.5 x 2 x 6.5 cm
Photo by: Ryan Gibson
From series: Acceptance, Under the Skin collection
From left to right: 600€. 1650€. 1900€.
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