The materials consist of readymades: A balloon with a Smiley logo is connected to a pump taken from the equipment doctors use to measure blood pressure. This wearable instrument or brooch thus plays with conventions from two different fields, science and art. Both medicine and jewellery are inseparably linked to the human body, but the connection is surprising nonetheless. The blood pressure pump, which performs a vital function in a doctor’s work, is neither useful nor essential to the jewellery artist. Jewellery belongs to a different category of logic than that of expediency, and we are reminded of that here. With a humoristic smile, it allows room for the absurd.
Sigurd Bronger allows wearers of the brooch great leeway: we must choose for ourselves where on our bodies the brooch is to be pinned, and, not least, we can actively influence the shape of the brooch. Simply press the pump and the balloon fills with air. With the aid of a valve we can decide whether there will be no air, a little air or a lot of air in the balloon, and our choice determines the dimensions of the brooch. The invisible air thus becomes an import element in shaping the brooch’s form. In the sixth century BC, the philosopher Anaximenes wrote that air is the origin of all things. To pump air is therefore an almost ritual act whereby we give “life” to this piece of jewellery.
Sigurd Bronger (b. 1957 Norway) is a jewellery artist and lives in Oslo.
Sigurd Bronger, Balloon Brooch, 2001, rubber, chrome-plated brass, h 27 cm.
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