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Mihaela Coman: University for the Creative Arts. Selected Graduate 2019

Published: 02.08.2019
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University for the Creative Arts
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2019
Mihaela Coman. Brooch: Childhood Memory, 2019. Silver. 9 x 4.5 x 1.4 cm. Photo by: Mihaela Coman. Mihaela Coman
Brooch: Childhood Memory, 2019
Silver
9 x 4.5 x 1.4 cm
Photo by: Mihaela Coman
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Intro
Mihaela Coman’s work stood out for us in terms of how she used forms, weight and materials to communicate the concept and ideas to the wearer and the viewer. Her pieces are wonderfully tactile and create an intrigue to ask and question more about the subject. Over the academic year she has been interested in all aspects of the process and learnt and developed her skills in design, design development, business and presentation, reflection and evaluation, all enabling her to continue to develop her ideas and skills into the future.
/ Rebecca Skeels
University for the Creative Arts, Kent and Surrey, United Kingdom.


The burden of the past – a narrative jewellery collection that tells the story of the daily life during Communism as I witnessed 30 years ago and researched it

My Major Project consists of a collection of narrative jewellery made with conventional techniques and tools, which will describe the atmosphere and daily life during communism as I witnessed and researched it. Thirty years since Communism fell, people still play with Marx’s ideas, communism doesn’t look "that bad" for some, and we still carry the burden of the past. Our silence feeds indifference and ignorance.
I recreated the communist atmosphere, identifying few very specific elements, symbols of the daily life during communism, which are common and recognizable, present in most of the written or visual sources: the people, the queues for goods, the bags as permanent accessory, the buildings, the same grey apartment blocks all over Eastern Europe the people, in their most common hypostasis, randomly walking down streets carrying a bag, obsessed with finding some food. Because the photos of the time, even only a few, are so powerful, heavy and uncomfortable, I try to reproduce them with fidelity, creating objects similar to a fresco, with the same purpose, keeping alive the memory of those times.
I had to add the absurd dimension of that regime, the way we lived beyond normality in so many ways and the fact that we got used to it and adapted to it that was even more unnatural. I decided to make the grotesque people, with concrete heads or bag heads, people who became pressed by the hard way of living.
I’m a narrative jeweller, I’m interested in people and I’m inspired by books. In a time when scaffolding was everywhere due to a permanent and endless "construction of socialism" (the communist party’s goal, which was supposed to explain all the bad and weird decisions from massive demolition to food rationalisation), the only support that we had were our families, few friends and the books. The books were our real scaffold. The books which I remember were not new since we borrowed them from each other, even copied them sometimes. I made the books look fragile and old. I create compositions using the scaffold suggestion.
Jewellery making helps me to express my ideas and feelings and, as Liesbeth Den Besten said, "Contemporary jewellery is not „only there to adorn a person for the sake of the wearer’s enjoyment or to show their wealth, but to transmit meaning or content similar to the way that fine art does – with one difference: that it is worn by a human on the body." Who is going to wear my communism inspired collection is not a simple question, and my hope is that I will reach the people who think and feel alike. They might not want to wear the jewellery themselves, but they will listen to the story and learn that the story of Eastern European Communism was not a simple one. Moreover, they will also learn that this is also a recent history that concerns us all, and the consequences of which still affect us today.
My aim is to provoke and make people ask questions and get interested in the story. And the story is not nice, it is heavy, uncomfortable and absurd. So, the jewellery looks heavy, uncomfortable, strange, to make people stop, look, ask and think. I haven’t made it all rigid and "frozen in time", some parts move and have flexible articulations, which enable the wearer to play with the piece and constantly remember what it stands for.



Name of graduation student: Mihaela Coman
Name of the guiding teacher: Rebecca Skeels.


More work and contacts:
Website: https://mihaelacomanjewellery.com/


Find out more about the courses at the University for the Creative Arts. Kent and Surrey, United Kingdom.
 
Mihaela Coman. Brooch: Concrete Head Old Lady, 2019. Bronze, brass, concrete.. 8.2 x 6.5 cm. Photo by: Mihaela Coman. 
. Mihaela Coman is a narrative jeweller, she’s interested in people and she’s inspired by literature and history. She retells stories through figurative and sculptural jewellery.
. Empowered by the freedom of expression that jewellery can offer, she hopes that her work is an authentic, sincere and honest expression of her ideas and emotions.
. Her Major Project consists of a collection of narrative jewellery made with conventional techniques and tools, which describes the atmosphere and the daily life during communism as she experienced and researched it.
. Mihaela recreates the communist atmosphere using symbols of the daily life: the queues for goods, the bags as permanent accessory, the buildings, the concrete apartment blocks, the books, which would act as an escape at the time and the people, in their most common hypostasis, randomly walking down streets carrying a bag, obsessed with finding some food.
. Making jewellery that stands for people’s life stories makes sense to her.. Mihaela Coman
Brooch: Concrete Head Old Lady, 2019
Bronze, brass, concrete.
8.2 x 6.5 cm
Photo by: Mihaela Coman

Mihaela Coman is a narrative jeweller, she’s interested in people and she’s inspired by literature and history. She retells stories through figurative and sculptural jewellery.
Empowered by the freedom of expression that jewellery can offer, she hopes that her work is an authentic, sincere and honest expression of her ideas and emotions.
Her Major Project consists of a collection of narrative jewellery made with conventional techniques and tools, which describes the atmosphere and the daily life during communism as she experienced and researched it.
Mihaela recreates the communist atmosphere using symbols of the daily life: the queues for goods, the bags as permanent accessory, the buildings, the concrete apartment blocks, the books, which would act as an escape at the time and the people, in their most common hypostasis, randomly walking down streets carrying a bag, obsessed with finding some food.
Making jewellery that stands for people’s life stories makes sense to her.

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Mihaela Coman. Bracelet: People Queueing for fOod, 2019. Copper, brass.. 8.6 x 4.3 cm. Photo by: Mihaela Coman. Mihaela Coman
Bracelet: People Queueing for fOod, 2019
Copper, brass.
8.6 x 4.3 cm
Photo by: Mihaela Coman
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Mihaela Coman. Brooch: Appartment Blocks, 2019. Silver. 9.5 x 10.5 x 11.5 cm. Photo by: Mihaela Coman. Mihaela Coman
Brooch: Appartment Blocks, 2019
Silver
9.5 x 10.5 x 11.5 cm
Photo by: Mihaela Coman
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Mihaela Coman. Pendant: Bag People, 2019. Silver, bronze.. 11 x 5.5, 12 x 7 cm. Photo by: Mihaela Coman. Mihaela Coman
Pendant: Bag People, 2019
Silver, bronze.
11 x 5.5, 12 x 7 cm
Photo by: Mihaela Coman
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