Cluster Jewellery Artist-in-Residency
Launched this year, the Cluster Residency Programme is proud to support four artists working in illustration, ceramics, jewellery and photography, granting each a solo exhibition and a customised package of support. For our first jeweller in residence, we partnered Claudia Lepik with the K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery, for a programme of personal tutoring and have worked to establish a succession of upcoming exhibition opportunities with the Romanian Jewellery Week, RUUP & Form Gallery and Precious Collection Online Jewellery Week. Additionally, a byproduct of Lepik’s residency overlapping with photographer Lucy Shortman’s residency, has been the collaboration on an upcoming photo book that will be released later this year.
"Committee of Sleep"
“We dream to remember, We dream to forget, We dream to rehearse.”
Wearing elegant suits and minimal dresses as canvases for their elaborate accessories, the Committee of Sleep kidnap without violence or any denotable rational. Silently at night they load their wards onto a submarine, where within a laboratory they strip them first of their clothes and second of their appearances. Last to go are their memories.
Every piece by Estonian jewellery Claudia Lepik evokes a world beyond it, each is an act of theatricality and architecture from which extends an unravelling network of cultural histories. Frequently pushing at the edges of what is acceptable or deemed practical, Lepik’s jewellery breaches the scales of sculpture, turning the faces upon which they rest or hang into kinetic motors that propel a chain of motion. Whether worn or resting, her work encourages us to wonder what ritual lies behind it, what motive or symbolic value informed its creation, what codes of conduct it compelled. In this way, her practice immediately reminds us of the religious or occult, the repetition of form installing a concealed value into her chosen lexicon of design.
And yet, contrasting with histories of impossibly large jewellery that augments the female form, Lepik’s work is not invasive, not impractical, not the preserve of a religious figure or model on the catwalk. It is by its design entirely wearable, through careful calibration made to non-invasively balance or rest upon the wearer.
In its own unique manner, it signals a return to more dramatic forms of facial jewellery, ones which evoke the allure of the mask and generate mystique. Permitting the theatricality of dreams to surface into the everyday.
Claudia Lepik's Biography
Claudia Lepik is a jewellery artist based in Tallinn, Estonia. In her crafts, she is dedicated to face and nose jewellery. Movement and sound are key elements around what she works on and her main inspirations come from theatrical fashion and travelling. She obtained her jewellery BA degree at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2018 and was the recipient of the EAA Young Applied Artist Prize the same year. After graduating, Claudia has participated in multiple group exhibitions in Estonia and Greece. She was 3rd jewelry resident at 92Y in NYC in 2019 and in the same year, her first solo exhibition took place in Autumn during NYC Jewelry Week.
Private View: 6th October | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Opening Times: 7 - 10th October | 11am - 6pm
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