WHAT HAS THE BIRD DONE?
PLA, silver, steel, paint
I told a friend that I find it difficult to make something that looks wild and he replied: I went out to look for horns, and when I came back I found everything in a mess. I wonder what the bird has done. Afterwards, I made some jewelry pieces and showed them to a photographer. The photographer asked: what have you done? and I answered: I wonder what the bird has done. Can you tell me?
Ever since pre-historical times, wildlife and wild nature has been important for jewelry, as material with symbolic meaning. Bones, teeth, stones shells, have been more and less transformed into jewelry and tell us about geographic locations, fauna, diet, beliefs, and behavior. Religion, culture, geographical origin, social relations play then great role in our perception of the wilderness. For example, from the Bible (AC 2708) we can understand that the “wilderness” signifies the uninhabited and uncultivated in the spiritual sense, where there is no good and truth, and also where truth is not yet conjoined with good. In contradiction, we can in the contemporary society understand wild, as something that breaks norms, is full of energy, something that is cool, being on the edge or groundbreaking, like the way art and artist are expected to be. Further, the ever growing pollution of our environment, where man-made materials have become parts in the natural landscape, can be a discussion around who we are today and what we think is wilderness, consider wild, wild behavior, wild look, natural-artificial, precious and non-precious. Human behavior and exploitation of the wilderness- when do we explain that as noble and when do we find that barbaric? Also, what are we talking about when using the words processing and upcycling while making? The free drawing feels liberating but is it wild? In any attempt of description of the wild conceals infinitely more.
ABOUT SOFIA BJÖRKMAN
Born in 1970, Ekerö, Sweden
Since 1999 owner of gallery Platina in Stockholm www.platina.se
I live in Stockholm, Sweden. After my MA degree in 1998 I started the gallery PLATINA which opened for public 1999. Since then I have been working as a jewelry artist and curator with all kind of projects that creates scenes for the jewelry field.
I believe in jewelry that fascinates, annoys and tickles. I make jewelry that questions unwritten structures, and show jewelry that attracts others to think and feel. I wear jewelry that loads my batteries, and illustrates my thoughts, discuss jewelry that may seem strange to the viewer and sell jewelry that stuns or strengthens people’s feelings. I think of jewelry as miniatures of life’s content and dream of jewelry with subliminal messages.