It Sings a Song of Sorrow

Melis Agabigum


Kalamazoo, MI, United States

43 x 9 x 7 cm

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Touch and interaction are an inherent outcome in jewelry. I use ‘desire of touch’ as the basis for creating the work in my series “When…”

With each piece, I try and find a balance between material and concept. My works are driven by personal experience and the search for semblance in my connections to others. I move the enamel into a place of fragility, calcification, and unsettlement. Through over firing enamels to the point of black, green, and blue oxidation, or under firing enamel till it is barely fused onto the surface like a sugared texture, I challenge the notion of traditional craft and the idea of beauty with familiarity.

These dichotomies drive my concepts which embrace the less than beautiful aspects of being— feelings of self doubt, lust, desire, confusion, baggage, emotional distance, and vulnerability. Ultimately, I believe that this is where beauty manifests in a physical product. Beauty is where desire has become a sublimation of our soul’s perception of material,

Melis Agabigum received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has held faculty positions at several institutions across the country and currently is an Assistant Professor and the Area Coordinator of Metals/Jewelry at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan USA.

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