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Lané Vorster — A Continuity of Shadows: Dynamic Structures on the Body

Posted on August 17, 2012

Lané Vorster highlights the relationship between object and environment in her collection of jewelry pieces.

A Continuity of Shadows is a dimensional study of movement deconstructed into a fractured rhythm. The results of this exploration has manifested in a collection of jewelry objects to be worn on the body. Similar to Umberto Boccioni’s 1913 sculpture, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, my pieces highlight the relationship between an object and its environment. This kinetic dynamic is activated when the objects are suspended on the body. Fundamentally my work is born from an architectural appreciation of form and line. Using images of the negative spaces or voids found between the silhouettes of urban streetscapes I have developed a working form vocabulary using the concept of stop-motion photography. Beginning with a series of drawings and then using a dynamic system of linear framing, I translate these drawings into three-dimensional diagrams using wood, stainless steel, and Plexiglas. The resulting complex shapes move in various directions to become open volumes with multiple viewpoints. With the addition of light, each piece extends a shadow onto the natural form of the body, creating a continuation of line and connecting the work with the wearer. The shadows that are created by the pieces are what I refer to as the fourth dimension in my work. It is also the only aspect of my work that is left to chance, and which ultimately allows for the wearer to engage with the piece in a highly intimate manner.

Lané Vorster studied a Master of Fine Art (Jewelry and Metalsmithing) at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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