When the silence becomes painful, there is always a light of hope …
Painful Hope, the new exhibition held in Alliages gallery, Lille from December 12th 2020 to February 13th 2021. The exhibitions is proposed by ALLIAGES and curated by Juan Riusech.
« To treat a disease, we must first understand it. My work recreates the psychosomatic symptoms and emotional toll of mental illness and psychological trauma through the investigation of form, scale, and weight on the body. The cold, dark, and unyielding density of the steel’s fire-scaled surface calls to a burdensome presence within the mind. When translated into a jewelry form, this work reveals an inner strife through the physical discomfort of the wearer. In turn, this creates an empathetic recognition within the viewer who witnesses this struggle. This somber act of attempting to carry the oppressive embodiment of trauma from our past, speaks to the emotional baggage we all carry. From an empathetic understanding, one can learn how to alleviate the pain and find personal growth from this difficult experience. The process of cathartically expelling long withheld pain and turmoil through creating representations, strengthens one’s resolve and opens up the void for endless potential. » John Sullivan
I’ve made this Painful Hope brooches when Covid-19 has begun to spread in China. The shape reminds of spherical particles, reminiscent an image of the solar corona. This is a shape, found everywhere in nature and therefore locked in our subconscious. The circle, or ring, represents the symbol of eternity and never-ending existence. It also symbolizes Heaven because of its perfect symmetry and its unvarying balance. As an emblem for God, it suggests not only the perfection of God but the everlasting God.