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Object Type: Three Dimensional Design
Artist/Maker: Shennan, Vicki
Media/Materials: glass, leather and wool
Dimensions: overall: 33 cm x 26 cm
Awards: RGU Three Dimensional Design Purchase Award 2013; BP Design Award 2013 - Commended
Slumped glass bottle, dissected and combined with wool and silicone tubing; necklace.
Following her studies at Gray's School of Art, Victoria Shennan studied jewellery and metalwork at the Royal College of Art. Examples of Vicki's work are now held in a permanent exhibit at the RCA jewellery department collection in London. She has also exhibited at the Gallery Marzee's Graduate Show. In 2016 she was invited to join a group of microbiologists from the University of Reading on a research trip to Iceland, which was supported by a travel bursary from the Royal College of Art.
"I make jewellery pieces and objects that question contemporary issues and explore the human condition, as I believe design offers a critical interstice to engage with the present. Culture in a state of flux and, as a maker, I respond to this with an elastic approach to my creative practice. I work across disciplines - exploring connections between materials processes and ideas. This allows me to explore the intrinsic qualities and visceral nature of materials, challenging their limitations. It is this physical engagement that allows my thoughts to percolate."
"'Undulate' was part of my graduate collection 'Table-wear', which considers the acts of consumption and manipulation as being intrinsic to human nature. These objects reflect on contemporary life as both the human body and our environment is becoming increasingly mediated and artificial, as we strive for synthetic perfection. This epitomises in the food industry, as we dissect the ingredients of our food, analysing their compositions and the impact on our health, but we have become alienated from what we consume. By obscuring and transforming everyday consumer items, such as glass bottles and tableware, I reflect on the manipulation of processed food and speculate about the effect of the unknown on something familiar, such as the body. Blurring the boundary between familiar and unfamiliar, a sense of the uncanny prevails."
Object Number: ABDRG2013.50.2