Lost in Time...
Movement making marks and leaving imprints in the air. We try to hold
on to the experience. Put it in a pocket and hide it away. In the very
moment the sentence is uttered. The smell was a mix of sweet and sour.
Childhood before everything went wrong. Put it in a pocket. A precious
memory, contained in a little treasure without meaning or value. Nothing
is more precious than diamonds and gold. Mette knows this. She puts our
memories in pockets. In a pocket on a necklace. In a pocket on a brooch.
Like a puppeteer, she pulls her gold thread and makes us dance and squeal.
Fascinated by glittery stones and shiny metal, but mostly fascinated by
the familiar. But to seduce is not enough. Finish, decoration and form
are not enough. The real content hides inside. The little object worth
hiding. Precious. Just knowing that it exists is enough. Keep, hide, cover.
The seal makes the memory's anatomy unbreakable. It is tied, folded and
twisted. Still, the quest is impossible. The memory of the memory. Remembrance.
Remember to remember. Forget me not.
With sophisticated craftsmanship and a deep knowledge of jewellery as
media, Mette Saabye investigates jewellery's potential. The themes 'value'
and 'remembrance' are investigated again and again. With new visual tools
each time. Everyday objects are transformed and elevated to the finest
jewels. Their fundamental properties are highlighted and encapsulated
so they take on new meaning. Because the material and the object's value
are only decided by social conventions. Their value is altered when they
represent a personal memory. It is this paradox that Mette Saabye stages
by mixing 'insignificant' objects with precious materials such as gold,
silver and stones.
She has the piece of jewellery's iconographic meaning in mind throughout.
The pieces have a recognisable and universal jewellery feel. The ring,
pendant and brooch as jewellery archetypes are twisted, but without detaching
them from their interaction with the body. Jewellery is to be worn and
the wear of time is ever present. As the body changes over time, so does
the piece of jewellery, to reveal new content.
In this jewellery series, Mette Saabye balances on a knife-edge between
the universal and the personal.