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Degree Show 2020

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Bhakti Maru
Bygones – The History of Two Cultures
Bhakti Maru
Bygones – The History of Two Cultures

“Can fusion jewellery effectively express the history, beauty and dichotomies of Indian and British culture”

Bhakti Maru has explored the interface between British and Indian culture through her jewellery. Through which she reflects on the impact of colonialism on her home country as well as the positive aspects of the relationship the continues many years after the end of British rule. She says “During the British colonisation in India, we lost a part of our heritage, martyrs who gave their lives for our country. However, we were also left with so many other beautiful things behind which we still and will forever cherish. It has been 73 years since India got free from the British colonization and we have incorporated so many of their part of the culture within us and vice versa.” In developing a nuanced understanding she is able to find the “positive in the negative”, something that has been particularly relevant during the Covod-19 pandemic.

 

 

Earring
Bronze. The square piece at the top represents the British motif tiles on the walls, and the ball down represents the Indian motifs cutwork window patterns.
Ring
Bronze and mirror acrylic sheet
Ring
A three-layered detachable and rotatable ring, formed of two plates with a mirror between which reflects the cutwork design of the upper and lower plates. Indian and British colonial architecture inspires the patterns in both plates.
Earrings and Brooch
Acrylic sheet, gold spray paint, Mirror acrylic sheet
Brooch
The window motif at the top is inspired by the British colonial architectural windows and the charms at the bottom represents the British and Indian architectural motifs.
Brooch
Rings
Bronze. These connecting rings can be worn separately to show their individual identities, or connected as a symbol of intertwined histories. The British and Indian architecture inspires the motifs.