april 19, 2013 - june 2, 2013
Ellinor Stenroos was born and raised in coastal Finland until she as a 21 year old moved to England to study silversmithing, goldsmithing and jewellery design. Having grown up as a Swedish speaking Finn, English was introduced to her as a third language around the age of 10. She became fully submerged in an English speaking culture during her university years. The oddities of sayings and idioms always fascinated her, and how different cultures have their own unique ways to express themselves. After 3 years in England she moved to Canada and found that the British English language she now spoke fluently was often misunderstood. Certain sayings and idioms were no longer translating and expressing what they were supposed to. The Swedish speaking Finn culture the artist grew up in often express quotes and idioms through very dark topics, ‘to fail or error’ would often lead to one’s demise or death. There is a harshness and bluntness that culturally doesn’t translate, despite how the words themselves easily might. Ellinor Stenroos has a fascination with poetry, the power of the written word and how it can emit emotion that transcends countries, cultures and timelines.
This exhibition is equally an exploration of our concepts of what jewellery should represent, the actual weight and size contradicting the idea of jewellery being wearable, as well as a voyage into the realm of the written word physically being worn.
‘Statement’ is a series of jewellery art-pieces exploring how we express ourselves with the clothing and accessories we choose to wear. In a highly materialistic society, jewellery is no longer a mere symbol of a gift or a promise, but has evolved into a perceived “impression of wealth”, “ the depth of someone’s love” and “sincerity of a commitment”; we are constantly seeking approval and acceptance from our society. When the statement we are wanting to make to our peers and our society becomes anchored in a price tag or the size of ‘the rock’, whether we can afford such statements or not, we are forgetting everything that a piece of jewellery traditionally used to represent.
‘Statement’ is a conceptual exploration of wearing a physical label based on -not our successes and fortune- but our insecurities. Jewellery normally is a symbol of happiness, milestones and celebrations. This series examines the opposite, the physical notion of wearing each and every insecurity and burden, not just quietly experiencing them. This exhibition is not crafted to overshadow nor cast dismay over the beauty we find in the jewels we regularly treasure, but to embrace the thought of ‘wearing our hearts on our sleeves’, whether in-love, over-flowing with excitement or drenched in grief.
We continuously label each other and ourselves. The label we choose to wear and the one others put on us are at times conflicting. With 10 oversized necklaces, displayed in wall-mounted box frames, statements and labels that we all internally battle are crudely mounted for anyone to see and judge. The weight of the chains suspending each statement are relevant to the weight we as human beings often experience as we carry our feared shortcomings and burdens around with us on a daily, and sometimes lifelong, basis.
Every ‘Statement’ is a window into the darkest corners of our subconscious and ego. By recognizing and acknowledging the fears we hide inside of us, we may grow brave enough to see beauty in the weight we allow to hold us down, that ultimately also strengthen us.
This series is an expedition into the artist’s self-consciousness, and an observation of our inhibitions. It is an acknowledgement of the labels we wrongly put on ourselves, hide deep inside and prevent anyone from proving them wrong. The artist wants to convey the emotion of lifting these necklaces off our shoulders and cathartically mounting them in space outside of our inner selves.
opening reception (artist in attendance)
friday april 19, 2013 | 7:00 pm
wednesday may 15, 2013 | 6:00 pm
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Boldness through simplicity; daring statements in modest settings.