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Isomorphs – new mutations: jewellery by Norman Cherry [catalogue]

Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design, University of Lincoln
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  • W721 Silversmithing/Goldsmithing
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics


Layout 1 Isomorphs – New Mutations Jewellery by Norman Cherry 23317 UNIL Isomorphs Cover.qxd 29/10/2009 15:29 Page 1 Isomorphs – New Mutations Jewellery by Norman Cherry Published by Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design University of Lincoln Brayford Pool Lincoln LN6 7TS ISBN: 978-1-86050-227-9 Isomorphs – New Mutations Isomorphs are generally defined as objects which display similar qualities of form or characteristic.1 This is particularly so in the biological sciences, but the term is also recognised in mathematics and gemmology, to name just two other disciplines where external similarities are shared by otherwise quite different entities. The genesis of the Isomorphs in this particular exhibition can be traced back to a residency I undertook at Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2006, when a new body of work grew out of experiments in deconstructing forms which I had previously created for other purposes. These deconstructions, and later reconstructions, bore some resemblances to each other in that certain forms which previously might have been complete entities in themselves now became component parts of something more complex. Certain of these featured more often than others and, as the new forms evolved further, some tangential similarities remained even although gradually the pieces became more architectonic in form. Indeed it would be true to say that the deconstructed parts became units in a series of three dimensional puzzles which were “solved” through a largely tectonic process. The most recent jewellery created for this exhibition – the New Mutations - not only continues the process as certain easily recognisable motifs migrate from one piece to another, but it has also become noticeable that a more narrative and metaphorical vein is beginning to emerge. I believe that almost all jewellery tells a story in its own way. Jewellery is probably the most compact and portable form of personal art. It can tell a story about the wearer or bearer, a

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