A Piece of poetry – ‘It’s Art but you can wear it’ MM
A little about the journey that some of Marke
Meyer’s pieces have taken resulting in unique and quirky wearable art-jewelry.
FROM THIS: TO THIS: TO THIS:
TO THIS: = WEARABLE ART!
Marke has always loved
words and the stringing together of them in fresh ways.
“Using words efficiently is imperative to me, Marke explains, “and I am
thrilled when I use a few carefully chosen words to put across more than just
the obvious meaning. With unusual combinations of words and grammatical
structure, I aim to communicate feelings and emotions.”
“I find this oddly satisfying as it
projects the words into a 3D space in both reality and mind.”
“Having written poetry for
many years, it seemed like a natural step to use sculpture to create my own
concoction of 'visual poetry'.
The titles for my works come from (and are inspired by) lines in my poetry. I
find this oddly satisfying as it projects the words into a 3D space in both
reality and mind.
I etch the title of the work into the piece itself; the words and the piece are
intrinsically one. I love that the
titles ‘speak’ different things to different people as they are left open for
I seem to instinctively (and perhaps subconsciously) inject a kind of ‘lightness’
into my pieces – both literally and figuratively. This is quite contrary to the heavy medium of
bronze itself. I enjoy this contradiction and so found myself suspending works in
an effort to portray a ‘lightness of being’, a feeling of untethered freedom
and perhaps just a little whimsy.
Throughout my work, which is always figurative, you will find many symbolic
icons. These include goldfish, chameleons, treefrogs, cut-out paper dolls,
flippers, stilettos and apples.
Details of icons taken from bronzes
Recently, I created a
series of life-size suspended torsos. In these torsos, I make exclusive use of
my symbolic iconography to make up the form of the torsos themselves. In essence there is a torso made up purely of
chameleons, another with paper-doll cut-outs and another with jig-saw puzzle
Beneath the Surface (Chameleon torso) All the
Little Things (Paper-doll torso)
Taking the concept
further, I then used these icons to create my first flat, 2D style stainless
steel wall mounts. The icons themselves are presented in text-like rows and are
cut-out to give either a positive or negative form.
These manifestations are essentially memory-traces of the ideas that once germinated
in my wakeful dreams and materialized into the original suspended torsos. Following
this trajectory, they are now also available as the most essential form in
Beneath the Surface The Space Between Us All the Little Things The Spaces Between
(Positive chameleons) (Negative
Following on to this, I
became more aware of my icons as individual entities and hence my ‘functional
art’ was born! The individual pieces morphed into pendants and earrings.
I have taken the positive images of the chameleons and paper dolls as well as
the negative in-between spaces of these stainless cut-outs and created my
version of ‘wearable art’.
Limited editions of these icons
are now available and I love the fact that these pieces will be suspended from
around a person’s neck where they will continue to carry a lightness of being
in their jewellery form.
All pendants are lightly
etched with my signature and are strung on adjustable cord. They are presented
in a black box with an explanation card.
Beneath the Surface – Pendant The Spaces Between Us –
Pendant All the Little Things –
Size: 9.8cm x 6.5cm (Box: 12.2cm x 8.4cm x 2cm).
I have also had fun
creating paper-doll earrings which are finished with either sterling silver
shepherd hooks or studs with sterling silver backings.