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Deanne Holden’s “Body of Work” Collection

Body of Work

Deanne Holden’s creative process began when she read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, and “Stiff” by Mary Roach, which moved her to consider the body after death in a different light.

Her collection of sculptural jewellery, which incorporates structures based on abstracted surgical incisions as well as castings from bone and body parts,  is also influenced by Memento Mori (symbolic reminders of the inevitability of death), as well as how the dead continue to live on through contributions to medical science.

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The Degree Show Collection explores the idea that once you take away the notion of ‘self’ from the cadaver and the emotional associations of death, dead bodies have the potential to be beautiful.  As objects they fascinate, even more so when parts are removed from their original context. Out of context, they can be grotesque; their placement away from the body, disconcerting, unnerving, yet they can still leave the viewer enthralled.

By exploring themes of dissection and anatomy, this body of work is the beginning of a series reflecting on mortality and the notion of the purposefulness after death.

Each piece is individually handcrafted and made using photo-etched surgical steel, which is then Puk welded into shape.  The forms are based surgical and post-mortem incisions which are then re-shaped and abstracted.  These are then layered in latex, with inclusions and additional elements cast from bones and body parts,playing on the visual and tactile.

In time, the latex will degrade and rot, the colour and texture of the pieces will change, leaving eventually the metal frame or skeleton underneath, mimicking the transformation of the human body after death.

You can find out more about my work and links to my social media here.

 

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Deanne Holden’s 2013 Degree Show at DJCAD

Body of Work

Deanne Holden’s creative process began when she read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, and “Stiff” by Mary Roach, which moved her to consider the body after death in a different light.

Her collection of sculptural jewellery, which incorporates structures based on abstracted surgical incisions as well as castings from bone and body parts,  is also influenced by Memento Mori (symbolic reminders of the inevitability of death), as well as how the dead continue to live on through contributions to medical science.

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The Degree Show Collection explores the idea that once you take away the notion of ‘self’ from the cadaver and the emotional associations of death, dead bodies have the potential to be beautiful.  As objects they fascinate, even more so when parts are removed from their original context. Out of context, they can be grotesque; their placement away from the body, disconcerting, unnerving, yet they can still leave the viewer enthralled.

By exploring themes of dissection and anatomy, this body of work is the beginning of a series reflecting on mortality and the notion of the purposefulness after death.

Click here to learn more about my work.

The DJCAD Degree Show will be held from 17-26th May 2013.

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My degree show space…

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It’s all coming together now folks…!

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Pieces for the upcoming DJCAD Degree Show!

Pieces for the upcoming DJCAD Degree Show!

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May 2, 2013 · 12:46 pm

DJCAD Degree Show 2013

Another example of my work on display at the DJCAD Degree Show 2013.

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A sneak peek at the degree show…

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April 26, 2013 · 3:54 pm

The DJCAD Degree Show 2013

Date: 18 May 2013 – 26 May 2013

Gallery: Cooper Gallery Project Space

We are delighted to invite you to the 2013 Degree Show at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.

Join us as we showcase the exciting work of Dundee’s brightest emerging artists and designers.

The dedicated DJCAD Degree Show 2013 website is coming soon and until then take a peek at what it was link in 2012 at this link 

Preview: Friday 17 May, 6 – 9pm
Exhibition: 18 – 26 May, Sat – Sun 10am – 4pm, Mon – Fri 10am – 8pmProgrammes exhibiting:
Animation
Art, Philosophy, Contemporary Practices
Digital Interaction Design
Fine Art
Graphic Design
Illustration
Interior Environmental Design
Jewellery and Metal Design
Product Design
Textile Design
Time Based Art & Digital FilmDuncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, 13 Perth Road, Dundee DD1 4HT
01382 388 828
djcad@dundee.ac.uk
Free

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