BODYPARTy is a jewellery series related to anatomic models – objects that playfully address a likeness to body parts, organs, tissue types, cell structures etc.
It can be characterized as a sort of information project but also as a critique of today’s prevailing concept of the body that is based on information and science. We know EVERYTHING there is to know about what is healthy and unhealthy for us. We are bombarded with self-help books, articles in women’s magazines and information campaigns. Control and restraint are in vogue; pleasure and indulgence are considered signs of weakness.
All the jewellery is made of balloons. This choice is not least based on a desire to strike a contrast to the rational mindset – balloons are associated with celebrations and happy occasions, childish innocence; they hold immediate appeal and are very physical ….they make us want to reach out and touch. In the project, some of the most prominent balloon characteristics, such as their inflatability, have been used as a comment on to the body-related theme.
The project also plays with the concepts of applied art, crafts, art and design, in part by virtue of the functional quality of some of the pieces – although the function does border on the absurd.
The jewellery in the BODYPARTy series consists of deliberately contradictory, almost inconsistent objects, at once playful and serious, appealing and unappealing, intellectual and sensuous. At once cause and effect or disease, cure and prevention in an often confounding mix.