|Title: ||A grammar of sentiment thinking about sentimental jewellery towards making new art about love and loss.|
|Advisors: ||Collins, Tim|
|Publisher: ||University of Wolverhampton|
|Issue Date: ||2009 |
|Abstract: ||This practice-led research project explores English and French sentimental
jewellery of the Victorian period. ‘Sentimental jewellery’ or ‘message jewellery’
denotes jewellery created to function as a tangible expression of feeling between
donor and recipient, mediated through complex narratives relating to its exchange.
These artefacts codify emotion through use of complex visual languages,
employing the symbolic and coded use of gems, human hair, emblems, words and
wordplay. The research has expanded to encompass memorial garments known
as ‘widows weeds’.
The aims of the research have been threefold: firstly, to add to understanding and
interpretation of aspects of Victorian sentimental jewellery and associated craft
practices; secondly, to explore the metaphors and narratives inherent within them;
thirdly, to test the visual and technical possibilities of knowledge thus gained to
address human feeling through art.
Outcomes take the form of a body of new artwork and a written thesis, which are
designed to be mutually informing. Together, they articulate my response to the
project’s central question: can consideration of the ‘grammar of sentiment’ at
work in Victorian sentimental jewellery yield new possibilities, through fine art
practice, for communicating love and loss in the 21st century?
The four artworks that are a main output of the research take the forms of:
REGARD:LOVEME, an artist’s book exploring gem codes and wordplay;
Plocacosmos, a set of hairworking trials; The Cyanotypes, which reflect upon the
materiality and aesthetic of the amatory locket; and Widows Weeds, a large format
photographic installation, which considers the materiality and lineage of
mourning cloth. Collectively, they explore the typology of the sentimental
artefact through development of text/image vocabularies that are conceived as
providing a ‘grammar of sentiment’ through which to articulate aspects of human
feeling. It is this exploration that constitutes my main contribution to knowledge.|
|Type: ||Thesis or dissertation|
|Description: ||Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of Wolverhampton for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy|
|Keywords: ||Fine art|
Contemporary art practice
Love and loss
Words and etymology
|Appears in Collections: ||E-Theses|
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