Loss - Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

History shows there has always been recourse to war when diplomacy fails; the more distant the decision is made from those who actually fight and their families, the greater is the risk of losing understanding of the enormous, overwhelming, irreversible catastrophe that the loss of young lives is to families and loved ones. The pendant appears rusted to make clear the antiquity and duration of this pain that impacts so intensely on so many lives. In the photograph a mother reaches desperately towards the headstone on her son’s grave, hoping against hope that somehow she can reach him, but knowing that nothing she can do will ever bring him back. This is what war really is; the greatest human pain, and this cost multiplied many many times is the real cost of conflict that must be weighed up when decisions are made so far away to enter into wars.

It is made of patinaed copper, a photograph printed via dye sublimation onto aluminium, epoxy putter and enamel paint.

The dimensions are: The necklet is 46 centimetres, and the pendant is 9.5 cm x 5.5 cm.

Anna M Williams, Australia

“Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder” is a visual trip through contemporary jewelry design from around the world, focused on some surprising material choices. This exhibition features work by jewelry artists who are exploring the concept of jewelry as wearable art using a wide range of materials, many not commonly thought of as “jewelry” materials. One of the driving goals of the exhibition is to show the quality and range of work that can be created using materials other than the “big three” - platinum, gold and silver. While these may be used as accents in the work, they do not compose the primary material.

Design choices drive material choices, and the entries in this exhibition show the tremendous range of possible materials which can be used to create cutting edge jewelry. Materials used range from metals used for thousands of years, such as copper and bronze, to “new” metals such as titanium, to natural materials such as vertebrae and wood, to surprising man-made materials such as plastic drinking straws and colored pencils.

This truly international exhibition features work from every continent and many sub-continents. Artists range from mature artists with international reputations to students still learning their craft. Many of these artists focus on the use of “green” materials, and explore the re-use or “upcycling” of materials into wearable art.

It is our hope that viewers will enjoy the exhibition and be inspired to stretch the limits of what they perceive as acceptable materials in jewelry.