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Hannah Joris



The red line running throughout my work is the fascination for the human body and its potential to express aspects of the human condition. I am interested in how the fragmented body can express human suffering -suffering caused by struggles we are confronted with through our mortal nature and mankind’s position towards nature, society and culture. Since the burden of human suffering often reflects itself in physical form, the human body forms an important starting point. To express vulnerable bodily features, I experiment with organic materials, which deform, decay, dry, wrinkle and shrivel; reminding us of our own flesh and skin.

These stages remain visible as traces of a process -a life once lived. The combination of these fragile pieces with sewn seams, metal hooks and piercing pins, underlines their fragility. During the process I investigate how the fragmentary state cries out for completion. To me, this is a crucial aspect of jewelry: pieces crave for another body to become more complete. Furthermore the pieces –as wearable body fragments- communicate with the living body of the wearer: they confront us with our mortality, but are simultaneously cherished by the body they are reunited with.