Space

Space. XYZ. Made for anti-tv.

Melissa Cameron, Space, 2013. Vitreous enamel, stainless steel, 925 silver, Ballotini® spheres.
Melissa Cameron, Space, 2013. Vitreous enamel, stainless steel, 925 silver, Ballotini® spheres.

This piece, another in the series of La Geometrie works, was recently completed for a sister who has started working behind the camera for a TV production company. Everything she wears to work has to be black, so I figured a matte black brooch was in order. The outside section (the piece with all the holes through) is sugar fired, so as to not reflect light, while the inner panels have been rubbed back with diamond abrasive pads to reveal drawings in glass beads (themselves on white enamel) under their surface, and again, to make their surfaces non-reflective. The brooch pin extends along the full length of the back, so it can be worn ‘portrait’ or ‘landscape’.

The faint drawings represent the x, y and z axes of 3D space – from what we now call the Cartesian Coordinate system, after Rene Descartes, the progenitor. I guess you could call my La Geometrie series a tribute to him and his works.