Friday, August 31, 2012

Murder Jewelry Collection by Super Fertile

By on Friday, August 31, 2012 7 Comments

I would be the first to admit that jewelry making is not just a passion but an endeavor which allows me to escape into a pretty, safe and trouble-free world. The real world though is not.


London-based Kali Arulpragasam of Super Fertile is known for being bold enough to create jewelry influenced by really difficult human issues.  Hunger was one past collection I wrote about ( Jewelry Inspired by Food)  where a partnership with Oxfam raised money for the hungry and awareness for the global food crisis.


Murder,  her 2011 Autumn/Winter collection  is her most provocative to date.  Gemstones such as rubies, sapphires and garnets were used in the designs which deliberately and graphically evoke bullet wounds and slashes.

Her political consciousness and social activism to a large part stem from the fact that her Tamil family went back to live in their native Sri Lanka for several years until the violent civil war there forced them to return to Britain.

Some of the Murder collection photographs by Amarpaul Kalirai are particularly disturbing as they include  stage blood and fake bruises.  The most emotionally charged ones were those with a child model and a bound and blindfolded woman. It was clearly intended to be a thought provoking collection especially for those of us who live in safe places. Many men, women, and children in different parts of the world do not.


Kali is the older sister of British recording artist and activist Maya Arulpragasam (M.I.A).

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7 comments:

  1. Catewww.catefneelywordpress.comAugust 31, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Well, artists often "pick up" what it in the Culture and it is up to us to transform that energy into something visible. When the energy is reshaped, it becomes something else. In this case, there is an element of terrible beauty. The element of shock is important, too. It brings our attention to what we'd like to ignore but is up to us to change.

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  2. That is the ugliest jewelry I have ever seen. I certainly wouldn't wear it.

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  3. It's really not so much about the wearing but to make ape earful statement about our violent world.

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  4. that it does- turning ugliness into beauty- hopefully it also creates both opportunity and inspiration for discussion of the problem of our increasingly violent world

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  5. It's funny--if I saw a piece from this collection on someone walking down the street, my first thought wouldn't be "That necklace looks like gun shot wounds!" But styled in a certain way, it is incredibly visceral and disturbing. A thought-provoking collection for sure--I really want to learn more about the artist now....

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  6. I've never been one for statement jewelry and this is no different. It certainly is startling!

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