Melis Agabigum


When You Told Me to “Go Long,” I Should Have Asked “How Far?” ; Copper, powdercoat, waxed cotton cord; 9 x 10 x 12 feet

I explore materiality and the physical or emotional connections that occur between the body and the jewelry object. My pieces serve as representations of “burden” and intend to function as sculpture or installation, with the potential to interact and attach to the body. I discuss the concept of burden in my work by commenting on experiences of false pretense, desire, emotional abuse and the aftermath of negative experiences. I utilize material fictions to address concept through materiality, where metal is woven and crocheted to act as a fabric, and textiles act as a fluid material that resembles bondage, hair and so forth.