Mirrorgem M9

wearable art, jewellery, brooch, blackened silver with a discarded piece of a mobile phone screen, by Martacarmela Sotelo, Mexico

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MATERIAL: Blackened silver, lost wax casting method, with discarded pieces of mobile phone screens. Inox steel wire.
SIZE: 5.5 x 13.5 x 11 cm // 2.16 x 5.31 x 4.33 in

Art jewellery brooch in blackened silver with a discarded piece of a mobile phone screen as the 'mirror'. "People used to think to find answers of the past and future peeking through mirrors. A tradition also found with the Aztecs, where they used black Obisidan stone. We spend more and more time staring at the phone screen. Our phones have become very precious. We look for photos, maps, directions, recipes, memories, appointments, weather forecasts, news, traffic and even love. These mirror screens have become part of our lives. I want to show these old screens as something precious, gem-like, contained in organic structural shapes of silver". Sotelo studied architecture at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and continued with an MA in Fine Arts at London at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She was part of the incubator studio program sponsored by the Arts Council of England.

My passion for all art and design disciplines is in wearable art. For me, a jewellery piece is an invitation for reflexion. I like when my pieces activate the memories of the users, personal as well as collectively and when the pieces can tell a story
— Martacarmela Sotelo, 2018