Intangible Mass // ‘Weighted’ Neck/Body Adornment/Object
Silver & Brass, March 2021.
120cm X 2cm
The inspiration behind ‘weighted’ stems from the notion of carrying emotional, burdening, weight within our bodies and mind. The work is designed to be placed around the neck of the wearer and to create a sense of heaviness, visibility and discomfort for the wearer.
‘Weighted’ has been made with folded fragments of textured, distorted brass and silver. Reflecting on the idea on my new distorted reality. Silver to create contrast against the brass and to add an element of light and preciousness. Constructed together in solid weighted segments, dispersed around the piece and connected with silver wire and chain. The metal has been hammered and textured in a forceful, ruthless manner as a way to release pent up anger and frustration as a form of ritualistic therapy, the motion of inserting my emotive responses into a physical object.
My aim throughout the creation of this work was to create something physical, tangible and represent the impact of strong burdening emotions that many of us have felt within ourselves over the last challenging year. Turning strong, heavy and disrupting senses into something simple, beautiful and decorative for the body and self – a difficult and mind-altering situation dispersed into something tangible and opulent.
Photographer: Gregor McAdam
Model: Hazel McKillop