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Thinking of you (portrait) by Benjamin Lignel

Brooch
 
photo: Enrico Bartolucci, Paris

“Thinking of you (portraits)” is a series of brooches that reproduces the ear of the user, or that of the user’s partner / friend/child etc.: each brooch is designed to order, and strives to render, much as a portrait painting would, the specific features of the sitter’s ear. It finds its inspiration in the Victorian hair work popular towards the end of the 19th century: mourning and sentimental jewellery, usually presented in the form of lockets, featuring a painted portrait on its visible side, and a braided hair lock on the flipside, or inside the medallion. It is poised, as the locket was, between remains and representation.
Each brooch is delivered in a box, pinned to a folded newspaper page featuring a personal ad describing the sitter.
Benjamin Lignel
Brooch
Thinking of you (portrait)
2007
Sterling silver, fine silver, polyurethane paint, stainless steel pin
dimensions variable, aprox 4 x 1 x 6,5 cm


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