Genuine Freshwater Pearls, 6-7mm AAA quality, strung & individually knotted with repurposed coral and genuine rice-shaped FW pearls to spell in morse-code “Me, Me, Me”.
Please note: all 5 necklaces in this Series are worn by the model in these images. Go to image gallery to see them all next to each other.
I will not make these again – there were only 5, and only 4 of them are now left.
Full length of each necklace: 99″ or 2.5metres. When worn in a single loop, it reaches to below the knees.
As part of the exhibition “Automaton 20.21”, the necklaces in this Series, with their depth of investigation, are more of an “art piece” than some of my other work.
In 2020, I was invited to participate in a Spanish-Canadian co-exhibition entitled Automaton. Initially planned for a glamorous Opening at the prestigious Joya tradeshow in Madrid, Spain, the event fell victim to pandemic restrictions and was held virtually, instead. Unfortunately, it was available to view for one week, only.
There is a short presentation about the piece ici .
The show featured only 10 invited artists – 5 Canadian and 5 Spanish. Each artist created a piece that represents the effects of new technologies on human behaviour, and its influences on fashion, the arts, the economy, consumption, and everyday life over the last 100 years. Automaton showcased these artist’s individual interpretations.
My interpretation relates to the plethora of data which surrounds us daily, the constant flow of communication. There is information overload, expressed by pearl overload – 5 strands of 2.5m strands of freshwater pearls for a total length of 12.5 metres.
Each strand contains a hidden message, spelled out in morse code with coral and long pearl beads this one spells “Me Me Me”.
These messages refer to the hidden messages which lay beneath the almost automatic communications we send and receive daily, particularly via social media – beneath it is a longing for connection.
The piece relates to the 1920ies in its use of pearls. The feather of the fascinator acts as the antenna for the data to flow into the human body.
The pieces can be worn in many different ways, including almost garment-like, or like armour. This freedom of wearability brings the piece into the 21st century with it individualized aesthetic.