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Katia Rabey

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Published: 10.01.2021

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Begin Autopsy is a new pendant dedicated to Agent Scully, the female character in the TV serial “The X-Files”.
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Katia Rabey. Pendant: Begin Autopsy, 2020. Stainless steel, powder coating, plastic, thread.. Photo by: Arseniy Kuntsevich. 
. The full title of this work is “Begin autopsy on a white male, age sixty, who is arguably having a worse time in Texas than I am, though not by much” which is a quote from special agent Dana Scully, a character portrayed by Gillian Anderson on the 90s show “The X-Files”.
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. When I was little, I was obsessed with the show, with aliens and UFO-sightings, with American government conspiracies, and, most of all, with special agent Dana Scully. I had her face on every sticker, every bookmark, every poster, and even on a cover of my school book.
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. When I went into puberty, I became less passionate about UFOs and government conspiracies, however, it was my childhood obsession with smart, sarcastic, strong, and beautiful Dana Scully that helped me realize my sexuality, which wasn’t an easy thing in the early 2000-s Russia. I dedicated this pendant – shaped like an alien head, but containing a reference to agent Scully – to my teenage years when a lot of puzzle pieces of my identity were hidden deep into various pop-culture obsessions.
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. This piece participated in an exhibition “In-School Suspension” organized by JV-Collective in November 2020.. Katia Rabey
Pendant: Begin Autopsy, 2020
Stainless steel, powder coating, plastic, thread.
Photo by: Arseniy Kuntsevich

The full title of this work is “Begin autopsy on a white male, age sixty, who is arguably having a worse time in Texas than I am, though not by much” which is a quote from special agent Dana Scully, a character portrayed by Gillian Anderson on the 90s show “The X-Files”.

When I was little, I was obsessed with the show, with aliens and UFO-sightings, with American government conspiracies, and, most of all, with special agent Dana Scully. I had her face on every sticker, every bookmark, every poster, and even on a cover of my school book.

When I went into puberty, I became less passionate about UFOs and government conspiracies, however, it was my childhood obsession with smart, sarcastic, strong, and beautiful Dana Scully that helped me realize my sexuality, which wasn’t an easy thing in the early 2000-s Russia. I dedicated this pendant – shaped like an alien head, but containing a reference to agent Scully – to my teenage years when a lot of puzzle pieces of my identity were hidden deep into various pop-culture obsessions.


This piece participated in an exhibition “In-School Suspension” organized by JV-Collective in November 2020.

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Katia Rabey. Earrings: Silly Sheriff's Office, 2020. Silver, stainless steel, plywood, cold enamel, thread, beads.. Photo by: Arseniy Kuntsevich. From series: Silly Village. Silly Village is a small series that consists of Silly Circus necklace and Silly Sheriff’s Office earrings, both works are built with ball bearings which allow pieces to be spinned around and to be played with.
. “Silly Sheriff’s Office” is a respected establishment maintaining peace and order in the Village.
. Wanted for silly crimes are:
. - Mrs. Butts: ate the seed corn.
. - Mr. Hickinbottom: sawed off the bough he was sitting on.
. - Mr. Fartz Jr.: built a fire under himself.. Katia Rabey
Earrings: Silly Sheriff's Office, 2020
Silver, stainless steel, plywood, cold enamel, thread, beads.
Photo by: Arseniy Kuntsevich
From series: Silly Village

Silly Village is a small series that consists of Silly Circus necklace and Silly Sheriff’s Office earrings, both works are built with ball bearings which allow pieces to be spinned around and to be played with.
“Silly Sheriff’s Office” is a respected establishment maintaining peace and order in the Village.
Wanted for silly crimes are:

- Mrs. Butts: ate the seed corn.
- Mr. Hickinbottom: sawed off the bough he was sitting on.
- Mr. Fartz Jr.: built a fire under himself.

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Katia Rabey. Earrings: Silly Sheriff's Office, 2020. Silver, stainless steel, plywood, cold enamel, thread, beads.. Photo by: Arseniy Kuntsevich. From series: Silly Village. On body.. Katia Rabey
Earrings: Silly Sheriff's Office, 2020
Silver, stainless steel, plywood, cold enamel, thread, beads.
Photo by: Arseniy Kuntsevich
From series: Silly Village

On body.

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Katia Rabey. Pendant: Silly Circus, 2019. Silver, stainless steel, plywood, cold enamel, thread, pearls.. Photo by: Bella Antonio. From series: Silly Village. Silly Village is a small series that consists of Silly Circus necklace and Silly Sheriff’s Office earrings, both works are built with ball bearings which allow pieces to be spinned around and to be played with.
. “Silly Circus: Carousel of popular opinions” is an entertaining show touring around the globe with its greatest hits.
. Performing tonight are:
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. - My kid could paint that!
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. - Global warming is a hoax!
. - What’s next, marrying animals?
. - Boys will be boys!
. - Immigrants are stealing our jobs!
. - Straight white men are oppressed!. Katia Rabey
Pendant: Silly Circus, 2019
Silver, stainless steel, plywood, cold enamel, thread, pearls.
Photo by: Bella Antonio
From series: Silly Village

Silly Village is a small series that consists of Silly Circus necklace and Silly Sheriff’s Office earrings, both works are built with ball bearings which allow pieces to be spinned around and to be played with.
“Silly Circus: Carousel of popular opinions” is an entertaining show touring around the globe with its greatest hits.
Performing tonight are:
- My kid could paint that!
- Global warming is a hoax!
- What’s next, marrying animals?
- Boys will be boys!
- Immigrants are stealing our jobs!
- Straight white men are oppressed!

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Katia Rabey. Pendant: Silly Circus, 2019. Silver, stainless steel, plywood, cold enamel, thread, pearls.. Photo by: Bella Antonio. From series: Silly Village. On body.. Katia Rabey
Pendant: Silly Circus, 2019
Silver, stainless steel, plywood, cold enamel, thread, pearls.
Photo by: Bella Antonio
From series: Silly Village

On body.

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Katia Rabey. Pendant: Silly Circus, 2019. Silver, stainless steel, plywood, cold enamel, thread, pearls.. Photo by: Bella Antonio. From series: Silly Village. Detail.. Katia Rabey
Pendant: Silly Circus, 2019
Silver, stainless steel, plywood, cold enamel, thread, pearls.
Photo by: Bella Antonio
From series: Silly Village

Detail.

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Katia Rabey. Pendant: Flat Stomach, 2019. Stainless steel, cord.. 14 x 11 x 1 cm. Photo by: Katia Rabey. Wouldn’t you love to eat as much as you want and still be able to say you have a “flat stomach”? Easy - given the “Flat Stomach” is a title of jewelry you own. This pendant mimics the shape of a stomach, the one we recognize from our anatomy textbooks and heartburn pill ads. It is roughly the size of an actual stomach, and when worn, it is placed right on top of the real one. But the cold steel texture and the cage-like pattern turn the soft organ into a kind of prison of dietary restrictions.. Katia Rabey
Pendant: Flat Stomach, 2019
Stainless steel, cord.
14 x 11 x 1 cm
Photo by: Katia Rabey

Wouldn’t you love to eat as much as you want and still be able to say you have a “flat stomach”? Easy - given the “Flat Stomach” is a title of jewelry you own. This pendant mimics the shape of a stomach, the one we recognize from our anatomy textbooks and heartburn pill ads. It is roughly the size of an actual stomach, and when worn, it is placed right on top of the real one. But the cold steel texture and the cage-like pattern turn the soft organ into a kind of prison of dietary restrictions.

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Katia Rabey. Pendant: Flat Stomach, 2019. Stainless steel, cord. 14 x 11 x 1 cm. Photo by: Rafi Schoffman, Dani Schoffman. Katia Rabey
Pendant: Flat Stomach, 2019
Stainless steel, cord
14 x 11 x 1 cm
Photo by: Rafi Schoffman, Dani Schoffman
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Katia Rabey. Necklace: Judgements, 2019. Silver, pearls, thread, 3d-printed plastic, perspex, steel, leather cord, paint.. Made after a photograph by Rosea Lake.. Katia Rabey
Necklace: Judgements, 2019
Silver, pearls, thread, 3d-printed plastic, perspex, steel, leather cord, paint.
Made after a photograph by Rosea Lake.

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Katia Rabey. Brooch: Breaking point, 2016. Rubber, alpaca, steel.. From series: The 80s. Katia Rabey
Brooch: Breaking point, 2016
Rubber, alpaca, steel.
From series: The 80s
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Katia Rabey. Brooch: Almost there, 2017. Rubber, alpaca.. From series: The 80s. Katia Rabey
Brooch: Almost there, 2017
Rubber, alpaca.
From series: The 80s
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Katia Rabey. Pendant: Harris, 2017. Plastic, silver, zircon.. From series: Journey to Jibbiard. Katia Rabey
Pendant: Harris, 2017
Plastic, silver, zircon.
From series: Journey to Jibbiard
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Katia Rabey. Earrings: Phelia & Ophelia, 2017. Plastic, silver, sapphires.. From series: Journey to Jibbiard. Katia Rabey
Earrings: Phelia & Ophelia, 2017
Plastic, silver, sapphires.
From series: Journey to Jibbiard
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Katia Rabey. Ring: Thompson, 2017. Plastic, rhodium-plated silver, zircon.. From series: Journey to Jibbiard. Katia Rabey
Ring: Thompson, 2017
Plastic, rhodium-plated silver, zircon.
From series: Journey to Jibbiard
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Katia Rabey. Ring: Thompson, 2017. Plastic, rhodium-plated silver, zircon.. From series: Journey to Jibbiard. Open. Katia Rabey
Ring: Thompson, 2017
Plastic, rhodium-plated silver, zircon.
From series: Journey to Jibbiard

Open

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Katia Rabey. Necklace: Cold Medal: For keeping your cool in front of utter idiocy, 2015. Perspex, alpaca, steel screws, plastic tubes, PVC, corn syrup with pigment.. From series: Cold Medals. Katia Rabey
Necklace: Cold Medal: For keeping your cool in front of utter idiocy, 2015
Perspex, alpaca, steel screws, plastic tubes, PVC, corn syrup with pigment.
From series: Cold Medals
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Katia Rabey. Bracelet: Fire Safety Net Watch, 2016. Sterling silver, watch mechanism, steel springs, screws, burlap, paint.. Katia Rabey
Bracelet: Fire Safety Net Watch, 2016
Sterling silver, watch mechanism, steel springs, screws, burlap, paint.
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Katia Rabey. Pendant: Ice Breaker, 2017. Silver, steel, Perspex, rubber cord.. Katia Rabey
Pendant: Ice Breaker, 2017
Silver, steel, Perspex, rubber cord.
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Katia Rabey. Ring: The Rocket, 2016. Aluminium, Swarovski crystal.. From series: Space Invaders. Katia Rabey
Ring: The Rocket, 2016
Aluminium, Swarovski crystal.
From series: Space Invaders
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Katia Rabey. Pendant: Garfunkel, 2016. Ceramic, rosewood, brass.. From series: Robots. Katia Rabey
Pendant: Garfunkel, 2016
Ceramic, rosewood, brass.
From series: Robots
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Katia Rabey. Brooch: Tub, 2018. Ceramic, silver, sapphire, ruby, zircon, steel.. Katia Rabey
Brooch: Tub, 2018
Ceramic, silver, sapphire, ruby, zircon, steel.
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Intro
Katia Rabey (born in 1989) graduated from university in Moscow as a specialist in literature and languages studies in 2012; she then took a short intensive course in illustration in British Higher School of Art and Design (Moscow) and then moved to Israel where she got into Jewelry Design department of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, graduating in 2017. She now lives in Moscow, where she combines jewellery making with educational and curatorial projects.

Statement

My name is Katia Rabey and  I graduated from Jewelry Design department at Shenkar college of engineering, design and arts in 2017. In my previous degree I studied literature, and later I took a short course in illustration, both of those things came back to me as I was exploring my personal language in jewelry. I realized that even when making wearable objects I prefer to tell stories, often using graphic language, with clear shapes and bright colors. I enjoy kinetics and movement and I like when objects have faces, literal or implied. My tools of choice are CAD and a sense of humor, but I also like to work manually both with precious and not-so-precious materials.

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2021:
Open call  10 Jan 2021 - 30 Mar 2021  Open Call for the Juried Exhibition Double Yellow Line.
2020:
Exhibition  16 Nov 2020 - 22 Nov 2020  In-School Suspension.
Exhibition  11 Nov 2020 - 05 Dec 2020  Show Us Your 'Rona.
2019:
Exhibition  12 Mar 2019 - 15 Mar 2019  Overreacting. Jewelry Speaks Feminism and Gender.
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