Colleen Wolstenholme Figurative Sculpture - Untitled pendant (MD 562)
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Colleen Wolstenholme
Untitled pendant (MD 562)

2017

About

I have been taking impressions of pills and creating a pill archive where pills are cast in silver and/or gold since 1995. At that time I was given pills as an answer to something that proved to be much more elusive than any pill might conquer. At the same time I knew many other women who had started taking these SSRI pills. Knowing about the symbolic history of jewellery and its foremeost position in the list of things "girls" supposedly want, caused me to be horrified by marketing that allows how one might with jewellery conquer a "girl". In response to this and as an echo of the ongoing subjugation based on gender a way to point out the depression and humiliation that comes from it; a psychotropic pill worn around the neck or wrist here stands as a symbol of defiance in the face of subjugation. But here I am also using jewellery as a vehicle for liberation for anybody because by wearing your medication as some have done it means it is no longer as big of a secret. Taking pills is still one of the most taboo subjects for humans who feel shame for being less than healthy. If we must augment ourselves somehow with pills we are vulnerable and everybody is terrified of that.

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Period
  • Gallery Location
    Montreal, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU4763970292
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