Memento Mori: Automaton Jewelry by Kim Nogueira
Narrative jewelry pieces made of metal that employs traditional goldsmith fabrication techniques with the movement and interaction of automata machines.
I made this automaton pendant duo with many thoughts swirling in my head—the angel and skeleton musicians are both a celebration and a warning. Together they have one name, Memento mori: the earth is my body, my head is in the clouds, and I have named them individually as well.
We are a young destructive species living on an old extraordinary planet. We are born knowing that we will die. We are free to make our beautiful music, but it is the music of the natural world that makes this possible. As our actions as humans cause damage to ecosystems all over the globe, our chances of continuing to make beautiful music diminish. We are a part of the natural world, connected to it in ways that we are only just beginning to understand scientifically. I have a great deal of hope that more and more people are understanding this intuitively.You can see more of her work here.