Marta Mattsson – Cabinet of Curiosities

If you’re not a fan of bugs and other creepy crawly things keep away from this post. If you don’t enjoy the idea of sporting a dead rabbit on your shoulder then look away. If you’re like Marta Mattsson though…

‘Sometimes I see beauty in things that other people find strange or are even repulsed by. I become fascinated when there is something you do not want to see and the feeling you get when you do not want to look at something, yet you still do. My jewellery deals with the tension that lies between attraction and repulsion. I take seemingly inappropriate materials, making ordinary and familiar objects seem extraordinary and unfamiliar.

In the 18th century many new breeds of animals and plants were discovered and it was the main era of cabinets of curiosities. People collected rarities because it gave them the feeling of being in the presence of something extraordinary and marvellous. The cabinets of curiosities were not meant to sympathize with the creatures on display, only marvel over their oddity. In a world where not many new and exotic breeds are discovered I use dead creatures in my pieces to evoke wonder. The creatures are transformed and reborn; given a new life as objects of astonishment’.

Brooch cicada, pigments, copper, resin, lacquer, gold
Brooch – cicada, pigments, copper, resin, lacquer, gold
Brooch cicadas, crushed copper ore, resin, glitter, silver
Brooch – cicadas, crushed copper ore, resin, glitter, silver
Brooch copepr electroformed spider, cubic zirconias, resin, lacquer, silver
Brooch – copper electroformed spider, cubic zirconias, resin, lacquer, silver
Brooch copper, electroformed beetle, silver, resin, cubic zirconias, lacquer
Brooch – copper, electroformed beetle, silver, resin, cubic zirconias, lacquer
Cicadas, crushed copper ore, glitter, resin, steel, silver
Brooch – cicadas, crushed copper ore, glitter, resin, steel, silver
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Brooch – cicadas, crushed copper ore, glitter, resin, steel, silver
Reversed Beauty Brooch taxidermy rabbot, walnut wood, silver, steel
Reversed Beauty Brooch – taxidermy rabbit, walnut wood, silver, steel
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Reversed Beauty Brooch – taxidermy rabbit, walnut wood, silver, steel

 

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