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Emma Piirtioniemi

I explore intimacy, closeness and private worlds in my jewellery work, namely examining what intimacy is and how it manifests itself in contemporary society. Where true closeness and privacy seem scarce, I create wearable art that counters this issue as a panacea for the detached individual. Once worn and touched, layers of intimate detail are revealed in my designs, making physical the notion of a private, personal space. I use acrylic as the principal material, manipulating it by using techniques such as carving, heat-forming, and drilling. Illusory elements dramatize the difference between what is on the surface and what lies beneath, while the form, translucency, and surface treatments of my pieces stimulate a visual and tactile dialogue between the wearer and the work.

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