Winner of the 17th Annual National Jewellery Student Competition, Caleb Witvoet will have a solo exhibition of recent work in Spring 2022
Renovation is a process for the renewal and restructuring of existing buildings, ranging from the many layers of built spaces to their underlying structures. I encountered these sites of deconstruction at a young age in the home my parents were renovating, and later working for my dad in home renovation. Now I integrate forms and materials sourced from renovation in my jewellery practice, making the body a site for rebuilding. This kind of body renovation is a symbolic approach to inner development: how are experiences built and affected by the underpinnings of being? Understanding how a wall is put up and its purpose informs a relation to it. What is the wall preventing me from facing? Becoming aware of the fault is only the first step in the process of self-renovating.