Tuesday, 25 August 2009

to die for

disce mori is nothing short of magnificent. came by a few of julia deville's pieces at e.g.etal and at an rmit gallery a couple months back (alice euphemia also stock them). she combines traditional gold and silversmithing with materials that were once living (jet, petrified wood, human hair and taxidermy). perhaps not for everyone, but definitely worth a look for those who enjoy a touch of morbidity in their daily lives. i especially love the mechanical wing brooch.
"i incorporate the symbols of death throughout my work because i think it is important to identify with the concept that we are in fact, mortal creatures. the nature of our culture is to obsess over planning the future, however in doing so, we forget to enjoy the present. i consider my taxidermy to be a celebration of life, a preservation of something beautiful." - julia
note: pieces are made with animals that have died of natural causes.


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