The Diamond age
Size does matter. Modern society is inflicted with an insatiable hunger for bigger, better and more material objects. This neophilia drives people to constantly upgrade or upsize everything from cellphones to clothes to cars. The symbolic embodiment of our obsession with excess is the diamond. Like displaying tribal markings, people wear a dazzling amount of diamond jewellery to fit in with the crowd.
The artwork investigates the symbolism of this coveted stone and its relative value in different contexts. The installation consists of two rings suspended in water. One ring is a diamond solitaire, hanging upside-down with the gem below the surface. The other ring’s diamond shape, made using an ancient Persian technique of silver filigree, sits above the water line.
According to Archimedes’ principle of fluid mechanics, the buoyant force on an object is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object. In simple terms, the weight of an object in water is less than the weight of the same object in air. Similarly, the emotional and symbolic value placed on an object changes depending on the social and cultural circumstances.
“At any rate, let us love for a while, for a year or so, you and me. That’s a form of divine drunkenness that we can all try. There are only diamonds in the whole world, diamonds and perhaps the shabby gift of disillusion.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald