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Beverley Price



As a South African jewellery artist I address the democracy of materials , especially relevant in post-Apartheid South Africa. I like to precipitate paradox. The moving, living human body is my artistic plinth for designing, making and wearing jewellery. I consider the kinesis of the jewellery on the body. Intrinsic to my work is the immediacy of the jewellery discourse or communication that occurs between the wearer, the object and the gazer / audience - whether pre-conscious, conscious, unconscious, self-conscious.Never post-conscious - no mourning jewellery. I am also dedicated to the vindication of the pre-colonial goldsmiths of Mapungubwe as the original goldsmiths of Southern Africa, who preceded the gold work of whites and this continent's colonisation, by about 900 years



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