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sofa ny highlights part two: märta mattsson’s skins

New to me this year at SOFA NY was jewelry artist Märta Mattsson, represented by Sienna Gallery.

I found myself fascinated by Mattsson’s brooches, taking more than a dozen pictures to satisfy my urge to capture the coloration, the paper-like quality of the pieces, the dainty doily nature of the cut out patterns and the shadow play the patterns inevitably create.

And then I reminded myself that while it might look like paper, the reality is that each piece is made of skin – goat skin, calf skin and reindeer skin. Repulsion quickly mixed with fascination and I wanted to dislike the work, but I couldn’t. It was captivating.

“My jewelry deals with the tension that lies between attraction and repulsion. I take seemingly inappropriate materials, making ordinary and familiar objects seem extraordinary and unfamiliar.” Märta Mattsson

Have I redeemed myself with two posts today? I hope so! Back tomorrow with more. Have a great day.

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