The bronze medal consists of 8 pieces which fit together in the wooden frame holding all pieces with the metallic rod going through each of them. The medal can be taken apart and put together again. Each piece is miscellaneously shaped but when they are assembled they reveal the picture of a hemisphere. The other side of the medal shows the rest of the continents which are drawn in lines and each piece of the medal states one letter. Thus, when all pieces finally slot into each other the medal reads a simple message: TOGETHER.
Seeking the connection between the children’s cognitive games and the adult integration within the society. As kids, we learn how to put the pieces together, how to fit them into one piece, how to solve the conflicts and interact with our fellows. However, as we grow older, it happens that we forget how to apply the simple principle of the jigsaw puzzle into our perception of the world. The communication gets complicated, the relationship with strangers detached. The world we live in consists of diverse cultures, habits, characters of people, religions, and systems and in this way it creates its holistic picture. Thus the medal´s form follows the complexity of the world while keeping the simple message. The cognitive aspect of assembling the medal is important as nothing will ever be completed if we do not puzzle it out.
Finally, the idea of the multiple pieces suggests that the medal does not need to belong only to one person. In contrary, the frame with the rod can be kept separately and each piece of the medal can travel to different owners assembling the medal together when they meet.
Bronze Medal, submission for the British Art medal Society, 2018
Simple Message/Complex Form
23/3 – 22/4 2018 - Bronze Medal, submission for the British Art Medal Society, the group exhibition at Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
Video by Roxanne Spana