In 2016 Ambrin began creating a series of jewellery sculptures inspired by items one might find in their local corner shop. Each item has been redesigned and transformed into a luxurious, lavish and alluring jewel. Ambrin used a variety of wonderfully opulent materials such as pearls, silver and gold. She employed a number of indulgent handmaking techniques which include hand cutting, carving and setting. On first glance the collection is a celebration of luxury, wealth and greed. However as we think deeper about each piece we are challenged to consider whether these opulent transformations actually elevate the objects. How does the presence of pearls and gold affect an item's use value? Can practicality be comprimised in the pursuit of luxury?
In this exhibition we re-explore existing works as stimulous for thought in the context of 2020. Our world has been thrown into a state of dystopia. Panic buying has knocked the hierarchies of material value into chaos as we see loo roll become a sought after product. Going out to drink a pint could now mean the difference between life or death for somebody vunerable. Protective medical items, once abudant and disposable, run on low supply and in some countries are no longer available in sufficient quantities.
In creating "luxury" versions of everyday objects Ambrin challenges us to reconsider what we value and how we allocate value. The 'Corner Shop' virtual exhibition asks us to redfine our notion of what "luxury" truly means.
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