It is such a small world that our friends at Murky introduced is to another amazing silversmith, Filip Palmén and we were so excited to go see his MA graduate collection, Transgression, at the Royal College of Art here in London.
While there was a lot of great work on display from this years' graduates, Filip's was the most minimal but the most powerful collection. Filip Palmén’s work addresses male openness, materialised in sculptural jewellery. Being true to oneself is challenging, it is to open up new roads against establishments, even if they may be one’s own established convictions. The pieces of Transgression are created to serve as physical metaphors for the concept of breaking out of emotional suppression.
The necklace titled Transgression, which can be seen in the image above, serves as the main piece and shares the title of the overall work. It took about three months to sculpt, cast, assemble and finish the necklace, and during that process the ideas for the other two pieces emerged.
Ascend is chiseled out of concrete, taken from a foundation near Palmén's childhood home. Going back to Southern Sweden to obtain the material, along with the mountain shape of the finished piece, Ascend is an allegory of something formed over a long period of time, deeply rooted and hard to move. When the pieces are separated, that is where you get the rings.
The bracelet, Breach, is made of a sheet created by melting down all the silver-scrap accumulated during the project, another symbolic representation of the underlying ideas.
The wearer becomes an important element in telling the story behind the pieces: unravelling the inanimate objects by picking them up, enacting the concept by adorning the body.
Here, you can watch the short video about the Transgression collection. Enjoy.
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