I am excited to tell you that I am invited for a designer in residence in Pforzheim. The city for goldsmiths! I worked here three months from April-June on my new project in the Emma Kreativzentrum.
How does culture influence your identity?
Culture helps us to know what to do or what to feel. It provides a certainty in an uncertain situation. Knowing what to do or what to feel provides calmness in an uncertain situation. Shaking a hand can provide a good way to start an acquaintance.
People say that art is culture. Art is a different way to teach us what to do or what to feel. Can a piece of jewellery do that too? Is there information hidden in a piece of jewellery about what to do or what to feel? Like a token that you take with you to this uncertain situations?
What to do and what to feel is learned by imitation. We do it over and over again. Until it becomes a ritual and gives us calmness in uncertain situations. But do these rituals leave traces? Is culture visible at your identity? And how?
To ask these questions I used old stamps and figures from the former culture that were used to make jewellery with. These figures are full of stories, feelings and behaviour. From a flat plate, I created depth by pressing figures into the plate with the drop hammer. I pressed different figures over one another, together they form a pattern. What do the figures tell each other and what do they tell together?
The precious metal is formed like a vessel, to contain the former culture. A culture that we want to take with us in this changing new culture. In combination with soapstone it is as two layers of your identity. The cultural identity and your personal identity. How do they relate to each other? How does culture influence your identity?