Look After Yourself
Photography by Rachel Lamb
Hair and Make-up by Franziska Presche
Press Release by Gabriella Pounds:
I first met Georgia peddling art magazines at an East London book fair: we chatted and I bought one of her pale pink pins in the shape of a fifteenth-century Witch, riding backwards on a broomstick to the Sabbath; a misty, elusive location where, according to Christian theology, a sorceress fucked the Devil steeped in sinful, velvet darkness. Afterwards, like most dainty millennial communication, I followed Georgia online. I remember scrolling through her Instagram feed and clicking on the following: an illustration of a rambunctious demon struggling to capture an impressively large toad, both hovering above a fuzzy, chartreuse HTML backdrop; a figure wearing a snow-white rabbit mask, clutching a sinister, plush toy lamb and taking an iPhone selfie; a hilariously simple pair of ancient, crimson cotton socks with hoove-like toes and the eerily modern-looking sandals from Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait (1434), with their elongated, elfin points and wooden clog-like density. This glittering blend of medieval and renaissance art, mythology and fantasy seeps throughout her hand-carved jewellery collections. It shimmers with unprecedented vitality in ‘Look After Yourself’.
Contrasting with the modern, ominously tedious ‘self-care’ dictum, the collection posits looking after your body synonymously with adorning it: an ode to jewellery’s ancient, protective glisten. Across the following pages, delicate cupids, spherical egg charms, chains and goblins enmesh with a 1980s Judy Blame and Vivienne Westwood shade of styling. On one spread, a flame-haired wench wears a necklace, earrings and ring with a silk bralette and blooming, layered antique skirts. She reminds me, simultaneously, of a Cindy Sherman character and an Early Netherlandish portrait. On another: a svelte female figure clasps a man’s protruding erect penis amidst an entwinement of hot flesh, cast in the shape of gold hoop earrings and displayed among lemon Mongolian lamb fur. Each piece is hand-carved from wax before set in liquid metal, reflecting Georgia’s commitment to DIY art and aesthetics. Years after our initial, fleeting encounter, I’m sitting with her in the basement of a refurbished industrial building in Dalston. I ask her who she envisages wearing her exquisite pieces. She replies: “Oh, just people like me and you”.
Gabriella Pounds is a writer who lives and works in London, UK. She regularly writes for Frieze, Novembre and GUT magazine.