Rizwan writes insightfully and eloquently about Adeela Suleman’s Stainless Steel Helmet with Kettle here
Maya Kini and I got in touch a couple years ago. She sent me pictures of personal objects that had belonged to her Indian grandmother (including gold jewellery, a men’s watch and dentures among others). I loved looking at some of these pictures that felt so familiar as they reminded me of some of my own pieces that I’ve received from my mother. She also sent me a picture of rings she’s made by casting silk.
She talks at length about her process in an interview with Art Jewelry Forum.
Sara Aziz, A Pakistani artist recently showed a series of objects called Painfully Beautiful at Gallery Rohtas II in Lahore. The objects, a set of ‘contraptions’ that, at the cost of comfort, can technically be used for the purpose of enhancing facial features, are a satirical comment on the pursuit of the artificially constructed ideal of beauty.
In Aziz’s words, “The Pouter, for example could result in poutier lips after prolonged use. The Face Lifter, much like the name suggests, is a stunning golden hairband that can give its wearer a face lift – pulling up eyebrows, reducing crowsfeet and pronouncing cheekbones. The Frown Fixer, studded with pearls and stones, is designed to prop onto the nose with acrylic pads and uses a spring like system to push out frown lines.
The Neck Elongator is a neck brace, made in brass and gold plated, with hand painted ‘meenakari’- a tradition South Asian art of painting jewellery with specialized paints. It has adjustable lengths, easily adaptable for any length of initial neck. With time, the wearer can keep lengthening the height of the neck piece.”
‘Project Bawra: Contemporary Jewellery Developments in India’, an essay by Anvita Jain has been published on the Klimt02 Forum. For those interested in the content of the New Adventures in Jewellery seminar presentation, here it is (in essay form).