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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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Project 100: My Drew Markou Brooch

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June 9, 2013 · 11:29 am

The ECA 2013 Degree Show

I’m starting this off with an apology for the length of time between posts – it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind, between getting my own results (First Class Honours! I’ll never get tired of writing that!), the DJCAD 2013 Degree Show, preparing for New Designers at the end of the month and getting back to post student life – and I haven’t even graduated yet!

So, you may well be wondering why this post is about the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) Degree Show and not DJCAD’s.  Well, it’s a questions of currency – the DJCAD show has been closed for a few weeks now and the ECA show is open until this Sunday.  Also, I’m planning on posting about all the jewellery and metal design work from the lovely students of DJCAD that’s going down south at the end of the month, so fret not!

But back to the Edinburgh College of Art Show! The show is running until this Sunday (9th June) I felt the jewellery show was strong this year, with a great range and a fair bit of silversmithing too!

I’m going to give you a whizz through some of my favourites from the jewellery department.  There’s  lots of other fantastic work in this department which I strongly recommend you go and see for yourself!

First up, Kirsty Stewart! Inspired by nature (flowers, feathers and leaves) Kirsty’s work has a beautifully contemporary feel through combining precious metals and gems with plastics. Vibrant and gorgeous.

Kirsty Stewart, Feather Brooch

Kirsty Stewart, Leaf Ring

Kelly Munro‘s collection is inspired by the fishing industry of her hometown on the North Coast of Scotland. Beautiful colours, textures and intriguing use of materials abound.

Kelly Munro

Kelly Munro

And now, some silversmithing! Polly Collins‘ Slow Dining collection.  Described by the artist as “tableware we are friends with”  Polly considers a world in which we are friends with our utensils, where we want to spend time with them and to nurture them, to take the time to slow down from our busy lives and hectic schedules.

Polly Collins

 

Polly Collins

Of great interest to me was Emily Martinelli’s work which was inspired by visual representations of the internal human body. It’s very striking, the forms intriguing, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her work.

Emily Martinelli

Emily Martinelli

This is just a small snapshot from a great show, so please do pay it a visit if you can before the doors close on Sunday 9th June.

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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