More or Less, 2013
Annette Dam about MORE OR LESS | perfect
All of the works of the exhibition are included in the process and describe reflections that comment, nuance and ironize over the concept of jewelry. For what is best, most valuable and aesthetically beautiful?
What thoughts/considerations lie behind this work?
The rings are part of the MORE OR LESS solo exhibition, which was exhibited at Goldfingers in 2013.
The exhibition title refers to the mantra of architect Mies van der Rohe: Less is more or More or Less? It depends of the eyes that behold? The project encourages the viewer to notice himself and I do not make up for any correct or wrong answer.
The project is organized in smaller jewelry series that illuminates a process that has its origin in a wondering and reflection on general human and society-related topics. The individual work is as a trace and sequence of the original idea; traces that tell stories of tradition, material status and value.
The rings here are parts of the series MORE OR LESS | perfect, a 12-ring relationship about material value, technical difficulty, and form accuracy.
How can the works be seen in relation to your other work?
The works are a direct extension of my general work and approach. My jewelry is created in a sensual and narrative universe, preferably with layers of both seriousness and humor. I love the process of translating abstract ideas into material form, technique and function. The goal is to develop and experiment with the possibilities of the jewelery's expression on that fine line between art and crafts.
Jewelery design is an art form that is somewhere between the private and public space, which can be a good starting point for discussion between the bearer and viewer. My focus is on designing unique works and exhibition projects that I show both at home and abroad.
What materials and / or techniques have you used?
MORE OR LESS | perfect # 11 consists of milliput, lacquer, synthetic peridot and elastic. The milliput, containing a synthetic peridot, is shaped, filet, smeared and lacquered. Then holes are drilled in which an elastic band is inserted. The elasticity forms a shape whose functionality becomes comparable to two compound rings.