Armure - Differences Unite Us

Materials: silver, copper, cotton
Dimensions: 40 x 6 x 3cm

Photo credit: the artist

Marielle Debethune
Robion, France

Hard and solid coating that protects some animal bodies like turtles, crustaceans and other arachnids.
Thereby isolating anyone outside contacts, protect them.

I would like to propose, through creation, a poetic translation of a world that upset me, putting my emotions in shells, membranes, walls - physiological, metaphysical, artificial, wraps, waterproof and protective…

I watch to people dreaming about sealing, allergic to the slightest inside and outside aggression, that protect themselves as best as they can, about real or imagined dangers.

In the shelter of a shell which becomes a double skin - protective shell, but also confinement’s bubble.

Soaked with loneliness, shaken by fear, they drag their shell along like a buoy.

A shell like a sarcophagus, which they can untangle from only after a grueling fight, at the price of an assumed, unalterable, sublimated skinning.

Ganoksin hosts the jewelry list Orchid, with over 13,000 list members from all over the world, speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences. The exhibition theme grew out of a desire to celebrate the creativity encompassed in this wide variety.

Artists were free to interpret the theme in any way they chose. Each artist could submit up to six pieces. Interpretations include uniting different materials into one cohesive form; intellectual and emotional “unitings”, where the meaning of the piece unites multiple concepts; the uniting of time - past, present and future; and a number that focus on the harmony created when uniting multiple materials and/or concepts.

The work submitted involved a wide range of jewelry techniques, from very traditional to very cutting edge, as well as using materials from traditional precious metals and gemstones to “re-purposed” and “up-cycled” materials.

The exhibition showcases 330 images chosen from entries from over 111 artists representing 26 countries.

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands

Many of the participants began their interest in jewelry at a young age. Some are relative newcomers to the field, and some have over 35 years of experience as professional jewelers and goldsmiths. While some grew up in families that were goldsmiths, and followed in those footsteps, others only began creating jewelry as adults.