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Title: Roberta Bernabei Contemporary Jewellery
Authors: Bernabei, Roberta
Cora, Bruno
Stonyer, Andrew A.
Issue Date: 2003
Abstract: Solo exhibition (touring) 26/05/03-07/10/03 Stockholm, 27/09/03-18/10/03 Alternatives Gallery, Rome. 35 pieces of Jewellery in silver, copper, iron, silicone, alginate, recycled materials, precious and non-precious stones.
Description: This is an exhibition catalogue. This solo touring exhibition was hosted at the Italian Institute for Culture, Stockholm, May-October 2003 and Alternative Gallery, Rome, September-October 2003. 35 works were displayed that were the culmination of research investigating one of the fundamental aspects of the formal language of jewellery: the display of fiscally or sentimentally precious objects through ring settings, clasps, and lockets etc. This act was initially developed by instead setting various 'non-precious' objets-trouvés after which a process of subtraction prompted the discovery of intriguing 'memory spaces', i.e. the void left by the absent stone removed from the 'traditional' ring. A systematic study of these memory spaces was transposed to those spaces surrounding the body through an intuitive cataloguing of specimens, including the spaces surrounding the hands, feet, face, torso and between interlocked bodies. By analysing, limiting, and objectifying the presence of this absence the aim was to encourage a reading of the macrocosm to emerge from the microcosm. The latter was achieved by encapsulating a series of these memory spaces in cast transparent silicone forms, aided by alginate that recorded the original volume. These pieces of jewellery effectively reconsidered a primordial font of archaic methods of measurement, that is to say, the human body, to use its surrounding spaces as a parameter of measurement in objects that enable the wearer and observers to understand and reconsider the confines of their bodies and the surrounding world. The exhibition was accompanied by an illustrated 24 page catalogue with critical texts that contextualised the work by the art critic Bruno Cora - and Professor of Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire, Dr Andrew Stonyer. The exhibition was reviewed in the Spanish Journal Arte y Joya (Spain) no. 156, pg 144-147 and in Next Exit. (Rome, Italy) September, p33. Laurenti, C.
Sponsor: Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School, Instituto Italiano di Cultura di Stoccolma "C.M. Lerici", Alternatives Contemporary Jewellery.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/32892
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