Lani du Toit

Stellenbosch University

“Through my art practice, as art jeweller, I research perceptions of identity, old age and the body. This exhibition is an investigation into the use of art jewellery as a method to question the association of the aged female body with frailty and abjection. The motivation to use art jewellery as my chosen method of questioning is rooted in the historical context of the medium. Jewellery has a long history of being worn on the body as a means to express identity and social status. More recently artists have started using jewellery as a form of critique – both on the historical value attached to jewellery as well as the relationship that it has with the body and identity. Even through the absence of wearabilty, the body is still present in the context of a jewellery piece.”

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