Annihilation is an inquiry into the world of the obscure, an exploration of destruction and rebirth. Set within a post-apocalyptic ecosystem, Annihilation is a collection of biomorphic jewellery influenced by human cell morphology, displaced biology and hybridity through casting.
Derived from observation of chromosomal cell abnormalities – the result of duplication or mutation of cell DNA, Annihilation replicates the biological processes of mimicry and transformation to capture the unique quintessence of an anthropoid entity.
Lost wax casting is the process by which a duplicate metal sculpture is cast from an original wax sculpture. Fascinated by the temperamental nature of this process: of a mirrored form filling the negative void of a lost form to create a new cloned form, Fontana mimics the formula and multiplication of the human cell within this collection.
“ Experimenting with my own biological anatomy, I took wax imprints of negative forms on my face... inner ear lobes, eye sockets, frenulum of tongue, nasal cavity... ‘EXHALATION' is a jewellery piece in this collection, reminiscent of a spinal back bone, worn on the exoskeleton comprised of resin cast nasal-cavital imprints from my own nose; representing vertebrae. Each piece is a cloned replica of that exacting negative space. “
The recurrent theme throughout this collection is anatomical mimicry and the contextual displacement of form. Anatomical annihilation. In essence, these works are a fictitious culmination of the hyper-conceived detritus and amalgamation created to evoke feelings of corporeality and bodily familiarity, each piece is simultaneously dystopian and utopian.
JEWELLERY OBJECTS BY TITLE…
‘EXHALATION’ BACK BONE
‘EXHALATION EAR WEIGHTS’
‘INNER EAR BARNACLE'
With credit, and deep appreciation to jewellery model: Rachel Ciesla.