Obscuring Beauty


by Clare O’Driscoll

I’ve been researching traditional Georgian jewellery, thinking about the women who would have been at Pitzhanger Manor at the time that Sir John Soane lived there and what they would have worn. The negative spaces within Festoon necklaces, as well as traditional oval cameos shapes, have been of particular interest.

The idea of layers of paint continues to fascinate me, and i have been playing with lots of different types of paint, sprays, primers, varnishes, and experimenting with different methods of creating the ‘peeling’ effect, peeling, picking, scratching it off.

It’s a very tactile process; covering up the shining metal with paint, obscuring its ‘beauty’, and then picking away at the paint, almost compulsively scratching, and exposing some of the brightness underneath.


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