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Mah Rana
An Individual and Collective Journey

Exhibition

Jerwood Space
London

June 6 - July 22, 2007

work: 20 pieces

Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2007 - Jewellery catalogue pages

An individual and Collective Journey further explores the nature of inheriting of jewellery through a family lineage. When we inherit jewellery we accept someone else’s taste, aspirations and memories, the selection of a piece based of its design is a process that is removed, already attributed to another.

An ancestor or relative is identified, and using one troy ounce of pure gold, I will make a piece of jewellery that I have inherited from them. I will be photographed wearing the jewellery, The jewellery will be melted, ready to be remade into another piece of inherited jewellery and this process will continue, Both the search for ancestors and the one troy ounce of pure gold are inexhaustible.

Mah Rana: Inconvenient Truths is an essay written by Dr. Casely-Hayford, that contextualises various aspects of An Individual and Collective Journey as a natural progression and extension of previous works and ideas: "A sort of relationship and complexity to identity and existence that is at the heart of all of Mah Rana's work that I have seen to date and I am intrigued by how these new pieces will change or build upon those themes. We the viewer, by interacting with an object, can become the subject." (Dr. Casely-Hayford, 2006)

Throughout this project will be the interweaving of a fictional narrative with a factual one. Each narrative has clear rules and boundaries but all merge seamlessly together.

"I was particularly taken by the work of Mah Rana which I thought particularly good because it hung very well, because it works as installation art rather than jewellery. She arranges pieces of jewellery that look like fragments of brooches and earrings in cabinets, almost like the work of Joseph Cornell." (John Wilson, Front Row, BBC Radio 4, June 18, 2007).


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