Monday, May 17, 2010
DAY TWELVE: DISCE MORI
The intrigue of taxidermy is explored through jewellery by artist Julia deVille. These beautiful pieces are inspired by Memento Mori jewellery of the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries and Victorian Mourning jewellery. DeVille combines traditional gold and silversmithing with materials that were once living such as jet, human hair and taxidermy. They are reminder of our mortality. These pieces are bizarre, but have a strange sense of beauty. It goes back to the Freudian theory of fascination and repulsion - we are afraid to look but want to see more, finding it hard to take our eyes away from them. I want one. Taxidermy is a celebration of life, a preservation of something beautiful...
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