Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Melanie Bilenker Jewelry

To say Melanie Bilenker's work takes dedication is an understatement. It also takes her literal DNA. The Victorians kept lockets of hair and miniature portraits painted with ground hair and pigment to secure the memory of lost love. Taking this inspiration, Bilenker has embedded her own hair into epoxy resin, recreating photographic images. The result is a floating, quiet, ordinary moment.

It makes me think of this trend happening in Tokyo with curio jewelry, these vintage oddities, mostly small dolls' hands and bronzed objects you'd find in an antique store.

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