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While making the “Save As……” collection, I thought about how the jewellery industry has changed since the Internet and digital technologies entered the everyday. The jewellery piece on the Internet spreads itself as a ready-made — as a 3D file accessible to anyone at any place. This accessibility intrigued me. I created this collection of silver rings while interpreting the current cultural situation.
The idea of using ready-mades in art is not new. Dadaists were famous for using technologically produced objects for their collages and installations. I also used the ready-mades, but in the digital dimension as well as in the context of contemporary jewellery art.
Usually, the jewellery’s digital ready-mades are conventional — commercial jewellery — polished metal decorations with stones. I utilised these 3D files for the sake of new pieces. I modified and distorted them in order to see what would happen: would they acquire a new meaning entering the 3D software again but in a more mannered and sarcastic way?
The rings were 3D printed out of silver dust. My partners are CloudFactory in Tallinn, Estonia. They are first guys in the world who offer this technique (direct silver 3D printing) as a service.
The names of the rings come from spontaneous act of tapping on the keyboard — as an illustration of the process of saving a file without any rational effort to name it.
This piece can be ordered at any size and received in two-three weeks.
5 (Ø 15.6), 5.5 (Ø 16.5), 6 (Ø 16.5), 6.5 (Ø 16.9), 7 (Ø 17.3), 7.5 (Ø 17.7), 8 (Ø 18.2), 8.5 (Ø 18.6), 9 (Ø 19.0), 9.5 (Ø 19.4), 10 (Ø 19.8), 10.5 (Ø 20.2), 11 (Ø 20.6), 11.5 (Ø 21), 12 (Ø 21.4), 12.5 (Ø 21.8), 13 (Ø 22.2)
Darja Popolitova (1989) is a jewellery artist based in Tallinn, Estonia. She is also teaching and doing PhD at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Her creative practice involves jewellery, digital craft, video and performances. Recently, Darja Popolitova has participated in exhibitions at the Museum Arnhem in Holland (2020), Art and Design Museum in New York (2019), the Kunstnerforbundet gallery in Oslo (2018). Darja Popolitova is represented by the following galleries: Marzee in Nijmegen, Beyond in Antwerp, and Door in Mariaheide. Her works are included in the collection of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Museum Arnhem, and private collections. The works of Darja Popolitova were awarded scholarships by the Ministry of Culture and Adamson-Eric in 2018. She also received the scholarship of Young Jewellery in 2015.
In her recent exhibition, Darja touched upon such topics as: tactility, digital culture, magic, and social stereotypes. The technological spectre of her works includes materials of organic as well as digital origin: stabilized wood, beeswax, 3D printed silver and CNC milled materials.
Often the ordinary and visible present becomes vague and forgotten. Analogue experiences have boiled down to a minimum during the last years. We are currently in a situation where much of our regular rhythm was interrupted, the everyday was frozen and almost disappeared for a while. It became particularly evident how the environment we are functioning in, what we have or possess, matters. Layers of the past provide a means to describe the world and rethink the evident. Remembering and untangling the past and the local provides a captivating perspective through types of objects, materials, and methods of making.
The Estonian collection, “Revisiting the Past”, is based on tracking the everyday and the conventional, translating observations, reconsiderations, and hints of the past into contemporary design. More than ever, the future is about rethinking the present and the past, of what we have and need. The past is heavily coded in our future.
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