DARK MATTER
A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY WITH
ELEVEN NEW GRADUATES

12th Nov - 28th Jan 2016


‘The Uncanny’ series ‘Stongi’ rings in compressed silver and gold wire. Each ring is made from a single wire more than 30 feet in length
‘The Uncanny’ series ‘Stongi’ rings in compressed silver and gold wire. Each ring is made from a single wire more than 30 feet in length
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ELISAVET MESSI

By perceiving design as the materialistic embodiment of the unseen, my approach towards inspiration was more theoretical than visual. The creation of ‘the uncanny’ collection, was based on the homonymous Freudian concept of an instant; where something that is familiar to us becomes foreign and frightening. It is a class of terrifying that leads back to something once known to us.

Through my practice, i tried to preserve familiarity by using materials that have not been masked by craft.Therefore every piece is made, just by the use of a single wire with a beginning and an end. Although in order to contrast this familiarity of the material up to the point of alienation, I distorted the expectations of the shape; by creating sharp geometrical structures out of meters and meters of compressed wire. A method that demanded the development of my own tools and process.

Visually and theoretically the whole body of work was an exploration of feelings, that emerged as soon as I started researching my grandfather’s background. He had lived in a small house deep in the forest, that now has been claimed back from nature.

Biographical Details

Exploring the Jewellery World’s New Frontiers are:
Maliha Khan
, Glasgow School of Art; Mark Newman, National College of Art and Design, Dublin; Genevieve Howard, National College of Art and Design, Dublin ; Melissa Morgan, Hereford College of Art; Beatrice Wall, Hereford College of Art ; Megan Falconer, Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art, Dundee; Elisavet Messi, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester; Rosie Clayden, University of Brighton; Jocelyn He, Birmingham School of Jewellery; Joanna Witcher, Middlesex University, London; Ieva Mikutaite, Glasgow School of Art.

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