Microbes: Orange

Paul McClure


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

4 x 4 x 1 inches

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My work is as much about as it is for the human body. Abstract forms refer to bacteria, viruses, cells and their structures within us. As these invisible but universal components come to define us, they also acquire cultural meaning independent of their biological definition. Like microbes themselves, the work exposes tensions between the benevolent and sinister, the beautiful and ugly, the fascinating and fearful. The highly aestheticised microscopic imagery and cutaway diagrams from popular science are particular sources of inspiration in my work: geometric forms, graphic patterns and vibrant colours. My conceptual development expresses an intentional melding of digital and analogue making that reflects an interest in biology, pathology, additive manufacturing technologies and traditional jewellery methodologies.

Paul McClure’s jewellery is represented in public collections including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Canadian Museum of History; Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Design Museum of Barcelona; and National Museums Scotland. He is a professor in the School of Jewellery at George Brown College, Toronto.

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