MORE OR LESS|perfect #7

Annette Dam
2013
Annette Dam on MORE or LESSIperfect

All the works of the exhibition are part of the process as a whole. They all comment and make ironic remarks on the concept of jewellery, thus presenting a varied view on the subject. For one might ask: Who or what decides what is the best, most valuable and aesthetically beautiful piece of jewellery?

Which thoughts/considerations underlie this project?

The rings are part of the solo exhibition MORE OR LESS, which was presented at the Gallery Goldfingers 2013.

The exhibition title inverts the mantra of Mies van der Rohe: Less is more or More or Less? I guess that depends on the eyes of the beholder. The project encourages the beholder to make their own interpretation, and on my behalf there is no single wrong or right answer to be found. The project is arranged into small jewellery lines, which reflect a process that has emerged from wondering and thinking about general subjects of human existence and society. The single piece is part of a sequence; a trace of the original idea, which tells stories of tradition, status of materials and their value. All the works of the exhibition are part of the process as a whole. They all comment and make ironic remarks on the concept of jewellery, thus presenting a varied view on the subject. For one might ask: Who or what decides what is the best, most valuable and aesthetically beautiful piece of jewellery?

These rings are part of the series MORE OR LESS – perfect, a correlation between 12 rings which really challenges ideas about the value of materials, technical level of complexity, as well as precision in terms of shape.

How can one perceive this project in relation to your other works?

These pieces fit in with my other works and my general approach. My jewelleries are made in a sensuous and narrative universe, preferably containing layers of both seriousness and humour. I love the process of making abstract ideas come into life through material form, technique and functionality. I work within a space bordering between art and handicraft, and my goal is to develop and experiment with the different expressions of jewellery within this particular space.

Designing jewellery is an art form that is located somewhere between the private and the public area. Therefore, it makes a good starting point for a discussion between the person wearing the jewellery, and the one beholding it. My main focus is to create unique works and exhibition projects that I can display both at home and when I am abroad.

Which materials and/or techniques have you been using?

MORE OR LESS – perfect #7 is made of fourteen-carat gold. The ring is partly cast and soldered together with a rolled, shaped piece.

Title: MORE OR LESS|perfect #7
Department: Smykker
Object Number: SKFK-2013-019
Type: Fingerring
Material: 14 carat gold
Place of purchase: Galleri Goldfingers
Date: 2013

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