Fossil Belt, 2013
8 silver plates pinned with silver pins to black lined leather, ruched at back
Edition of 8 + 1AP
Fossil Belt is one of the major examples that display Lijn’s careful attention to how we engage with materials and how we wear it. Evocative of her visual abstractions and material manipulations, Lijn’s concept of the primal earth are finely tuned with the geological sciences. As humanity uncovers the remnants of past creatures, the cycle of life and death are drawn into continuous momentum of renewal and vitality that Lijn echoes in her Fossil series.
The way this belt so fittingly encase the wearer’s wrist engages in a very personal dialogue with Lijn’s motifs of the primal earth. In a very personal, meditative approach with these pieces, Lijn begins her pieces by manipulating a clump of very hot wax to create the shapes and form. The high temperature, although stung her skin as she works with the wax by hand, the malleable nature of the wax manipulated the mass to resemble the magma of the earth. As technology has allowed her to work with a diverse range of materials in her sculptural work; instead of cast metal, electro-forming was used to carefully reflect the same earthen surface texture reinforced into incredibly unique fashion pieces.