Queen’s Purse by Djordje Aralica

Queen's Purse

Queen's Purse by Djordje Aralica

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Sculpture: Metal on Iron.
Size: 19.7 H x 15.7 W x 7.1 in
Welded metal with powder coating, 19.68 H x 15.75 W x 7.08 in, 6.7 kg. 'Queen's purse' was made as a piece of my cycle entitled 'The Weight of Chains', first presented on a solo show at the Kolarac Gallery, Belgrade. The object was also exhibited at the multimedia show dealing with the shifting boundaries between fine and applied arts, where it was awarded with the third award. The introductory text for the exhibition catalogue outlines its major artistic intention: In my work, everyday objects have a particular significance in denoting collective and personal experiences. They are monumentalized by the choice of medium, finery of the execution, and the context of the display. In accord with its name Queen’s Purse has no purpose - it is an art object with diverse cultural implications. Already on the first display, however, Queen’s Purse was designated as a highly appealing fashion detail. Its deliberately refined craftsmanship, as well as the elegance of its form, undoubtedly recall the world of Haute Couture, which as a global fascination has also been implied in the sculpture’s original conception.
Keywords: purse, queen, faminism, women, chain, culture, fashion, abstract, Aralica, Weight of Chains, modern