Marlene de Beer
Traditional conceptions of jewellery have inherent restrictions due to the historical functions and the intimate relation of jewellery to the body. As a female artist/jeweller I use the creative process, which includes the choice of subject matter, manufacturing materials and techniques as a symbolic reconstruction of female identity.
The collaborative selection of work forms part of an auto-poetic and phenomenological exploration of identity with the understanding that identity is uniquely embedded within social, cultural and personal experiences. While the objects allude to wearable jewellery and its intimate association with the human body, the intention is to re-conceptualize the traditional understanding of jewellery.
Galleries and Shops
My work is currently on consignment at:
Artisan Gallery, Durban
Veronica Anderson Jewellers, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Exhibitions at the KZNSA