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Ushabti. 2015-16

Ushabti. 2015-16

>>>> What is the boundary between this life and the afterlife and how the jewel can overcome this limit and drive our body to a different mystical dimension? Similarly to the ancient Egyptian mummification process, our body still now tries to preserve itself in time, defying death.<<<<


The Ushabti collection is the attempt to decorate (and bind) the body with symbolic images, insects, bees, beetles and rough gemstones, interposed within textile components, such as antique trimmings and fringes. The jewels are worn as sacred ornaments around the body, through precious chains and textiles which emphasize the gesture of wearability. The word Ushabti in ancient Egyptian meant "those who answer". The Ushabti were small statues which formed an integral and indispensable part of funeral. They, indeed, were originally magic items that accompanied the deceased on his journey in the afterlife, watching over him, in order to protect him. The jewel is understood here as an existential device. Therefore its ability to interact with the other, answering or asking questions, is put in the foreground. The pictures, stitched between two layer of plexiglass, are digitally printed and come from an extensive research from ancient archives dating back to 1700. All the elements are designed according to different production processes, and then they are reassembled by hand.

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