Ring by Joy BC, 2023.
2.3cm x 2cm x 3cm
Recycled 750 18K yellow gold and 3.86cts un-treated, natural Fuli Gemstones peridot.
The ancient Goddess Sekhmet (‘The Powerful One’) was depicted with the head of a Lioness, signifying her ferocity.
The premise of this piece, which is part of my work on work on Metamorphosis, is that when the wearer puts on the golden lioness, you transform- part lioness, part human – like Sekhmet. Psychologically, talismans have been used for centuries as ways of mental and physical transformation. Many stories throughout history depict hero’s wearing animal skins to be empowered- take Alexander the Great with the lion helmet or Hercules and the Golden Fleece.
The Egyptians believed that the lioness was the greatest hunter of all. It is the Lioness who is the predominant hunter, not the male. Yet it is predominantly male lions which have been depicted in heraldic artworks as the fiercest and most powerful. This piece is a modern interpretation of an ancient sentiment.
In this rendition, Sekhmet’s Solar disc on her head, connected to her father, the sun god Ra, contains a natural, un-heated peridot. First discovered around 1500 BC in Egypt, peridot was named ‘gem of the sun’ and was believed to ward off night terrors. Some historians also believe that Cleopatras’ famous emerald collection was actually peridot.
By Joy BC, 2023
Dark green bronze, 18K red gold, 950 platinum and 7.61cts of un-treated, natural Fuli Gemstones peridot.
This metamorphic artwork challenges definition. A mutating comb, a brooch – both a sculpture and a jewel. Combs date back to 5500 BC. Across cultures and continents, they are recognizable domestic objects, which are inherently connected to self-image and grooming. Combining noble metals, gemstones and bronze, the work oscillates between various material and categorical perceptions associated to both decorative and fine arts.
The teeth of the comb seem to be moving, swaying like the tendrils of an anemone under the sea. We often talk about nature as if it is something separate from us, but we are nature. Medusa connects the human and the animal. She attracts yet disturbs the viewer – her hair a bed of writhing snakes. Though some may think of her as a monster, she was the only mortal out of her gorgon siblings. Her name literally means ‘Queen’. It was the act of violence that changed her. Medusa has been a subject for artists throughout the centuries. This piece is Joy’s modern take on Medusa.