Gular Mustafa
Here, There Seen

My practice of making art jewelry is based on my own experience in the world - yet it is also an invitation for others to discover their own possibilities within the work. I am motivated to find ways for the object to converse with the body. The body is the basic element of every culture, community and language and therefore it has the potential to unify and distinguish many ideas and dialogues. It is expressive of our daily lives, it can be wearable or not, and is not just for decorative ways but allows one to portray a deeper expression of a person's background and culture. The body is the canvas of our personal ideas and culture displayed through contemporary jewelry.

After moving from Holland to Canada and being introduced to and part of the vast cultures in this country, my work has been growing and flourishing. Being exposed to various environments has helped create the beginning of this project development and i was incredibly inspired by diversity that defines this country. Contemporary art jewelry has the power to hold a strong message that roots into serious issues and beliefs yet remains a simple and easy object that is not only a statement but a wearable staple.

Deconstruction is a stage in which embodies current conditions in life, such as nature, death, demolition and construction, the good and the evil and the positive and the negative. In order to rebuild or deconstruct, an object in space would have gone through certain stages through time, birth/construction, death/destruction, and lastly deconstruction. Moving to Canada allowed me to study this concept. It gave me opportunities to not only learn about others and also settle in the West, but it also allowed me to reflect on my roots and how it can be studied in a new way and looked at through a new set of eyes. I have met numerous people in my time here that share similar background, but also similar roots - a place which has gone through destruction and is almost frowned upon due to its state. I am so passionate to turn this around into a study, a way to look at destruction in a new way. This is how I began studying deconstruction.

Gular Jan 2017