Clare Robb (She/Her)
Objects trigger memories and transform recollections into palpable experiences. In this collection of works, I Feel This Place in My Bones, pieces of jewellery as retainers of memory are made meaningful by their collection and gathering as small, discrete, often found, items. Working with bone provokes questions relating to the body of the maker and invites the viewer to explore these connections too. I Feel This Place in My Bones, challenges specific values inherent in the possibilities of bodily material as a medium for making, as well as the framework of our physical form; and acknowledges the mundane, the found object. This collection, which embodies wearable and sculptural pieces, encapsulates the inherent link between the viewer of a work and the intended narrative behind it. Each piece is conceived to reconnect its audience with such things as a sense of place, nostalgia, and the human body itself; matters which are easily neglected, but which are intrinsic to our everyday lives.
I FEEL THIS PLACE IN MY BONES
CONTOURS OF ROCK BROOCH
‘I Feel This Place in My Bones’ adopts a form of display similar to the Wunderkammer to underline ways in which we curate our lives through the items that surround us. Collecting is a means of selfhood brought about by selection and curation, presented here as miscellanea for viewers, inviting them to consider the contents of their own ‘curiosity cabinet’.
THE ACT OF MOVING CHAIN
Constructed from naturally dyed bones, this chain is stimulated from the instinctual movement of our bodies and from movement’s presence within nature itself. The bones were submerged in dye for varying lengths of time; to replicate the gradient between the dreich North Sea and its rockpools. A cast plant placed at the chain’s center is a symbol, embodying the connection to the environment, upon which this project was built.
PLANTS ON THE HILL BROOCH
‘Intense awareness of the environmental beauty normally comes as a sudden
revelation… homely and even drab scenes can reveal aspects of themselves that went
unnoticed before, and this is new insight into how the real is sometimes experienced
– Yi-Fu Tuan, Topophilia (1974)
The DiG project was informed by an archaeological dig at Pitskelly Farm, near my home on the East Coast of Scotland. A bone ring dating back to the Bronze Age was unearthed at this site. In homage to the woman whose remains were found alongside it, and to all historical residents, I made and placed bone rings I have made myself within the landscape. I find absorbing how the material traces we leave behind show that we exist within a ceaseless experience.