Exhibitions23 04 2016 — 28 05 2016
OCTAVIA COOK Solid Veneer
Humans have more in common with the animal world than people usually think or are willing to admit. It is for instance clear in our social behavour: in the wish to become invisible or to adorn oneself in an intimidating way to ward off enemies.
Man has often borrowed from the realm of the animals: fur, feathers, or teeth have been granted new meanings time and again. It can lead to strange reversals: fauna's camouflage patterns have been used as a means of 'powerdressing' for as long as can be remembered.
Octavia Cook generously applies nature's visual codes in her jewellery. It is not just a one-way process: she also developed disguising motifs for sheep and wolfs. She applied the well known zebra-markings in such a way, that it actually makes a human disappear as well; the cold gaze of predators was used to decorate spectacular, pleasantly disturbing earrings.
Cook concerned herself before with the implicit messages that jewellery can convey. With her new pieces she successfully expands our social aids to communicate with the world.
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)