Pearls and Latex
This work was made for Polyphonous: whispers, a group show with Professor Jivan Astfalck and Laura Bradshaw-Heap at Studio Gabi Green as part of Munich Jewellery Week 2018.
Pearls have a rich global cultural history and have been used as gems in jewellery for centuries. They are evocative, conjuring memories of Granny’s pearl necklace or the twinset and pearls that was popular in the 50’s; they are embedded within literary culture, we have sayings such as pearls of wisdom and pearls before swine, the latter possibly originating from Matthew 7:6 in Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount: “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”
Originating from Central America, Latex is an organic material with a long cultural history. Today this material has its own connotations; it is the material of medical gloves, condoms and skin-tight clothing…