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Postfossils. 2018-19  >>> on going

Postfossils. 2018-19  >>> on going

>>>> “We have cataloged 208 mineral species approved by the International Mineralogical Association that occur principally or exclusively as a consequence of human processes. At least three types of human activities have affected the diversity and distribution of minerals and mineral-like compounds in ways that might be reflected in the worldwide stratigraphic record.” Outlooks in Earth and Planetary Materials - On the mineralogy of the “Anthropocene Epoch”. American Mineralogist Vol. 102. Essay by Robert Hazen, Edward Grew and other geologists. 2017 <<<<


As the study states, from a geological point of view, the generation of these 208 new minerals is due to three fundamental stratigraphic markers: the presence of chemical compounds within rock; the transformation of the rock surface due to mining activity and the redistribution of natural minerals by human beings. In this perspective, the role of the project is crucial, because the will to investigate political or ecological themes is the faithful mirror of a precise contemporary choice which the jewelry world now must to be ready to face. In this sense, the intent is to give a clear gaining of awareness and a direct translation of this thought in a physical jewelry piece as an invite to the viewers. About the Anthropocene topic, one of the most interesting aspects of this operation lies in placing it as a catalyst concept of design practice, which unfolds both in an intellectual and material way, in order to actively involve society in this developing phenomenon. No longer, therefore, only jewelry projects aimed at obtaining an optimistic vision of the real, but design pieces that seeks to give rise to a debate, asking questions without necessarily having to provide immediate and comfortable answers.

materials | techniques: silver, rhodium plated, steel, pure silk, plexiglass, goldsmithing, photo etching, digital print, laser cut, hand sewing.