Third year, second semester, Silversmithing: Mapping the Self
As mentioned in my previous post, this was a project of free personal exploration. I continued from the silversmithing project of Semester 1 that year.
As I wrote in the ‘map’ that accompanied the collection:
“For each of us there are special places in world where we feel that we belong. But what if you have not previously been to these places – what if you have come across them on your travels, yet these places resonate and have a strange pull on you? Somehow you sense you belong, in the landscape, or amongst the people of that place.
Have you found a fragment of your identity in this place?
Or does this place somehow form a part of your identity?
Is this a kind of ‘genetic memory’ – a familiarity built into your very make-up?
Where are your special places? Where would your map guide your visitors?
The special places I have so far found are detailed in this map – at least those found to date. I am sure there will be further volumes in the future.
Thank you for visiting, but please do take care, tread lightly, and take your litter with you.”
I made four small-scale objects, one for each of the places I’ve visited in my travels that I felt a special affinity for. Each of these map-based objects was accompanied by a matching-scale porcelain slip-cast fingerprint (one of my finger prints, enlarged and carved into linoleum, onto which the ceramic was poured).
The fingerprints were not the most successful part of this grouping, but I did and still do very much love the small objects. I was especially pleased that I had resolved the securing of the layers in a much better fashion than the first semester project.
1. Cornwall, England
dimensions: 190 * 115 * 20 mm
map source: Ordnance Survey, sheet 203, 1:50000
2. Avebury, Wiltshire, England
dimensions: 160 * 90 * 22 mm
map source: Ordnance Survey, sheet 173, 1:50000
Will write more shortly.