I find these subtle yet face-altering jewellery pieces by Turkish designer Burcu Buyukunal, pretty weird – of course – but pretty fascinating. They’re a cool concept. These pieces disrupt the certainty of the face and challenge the idea of beauty and identity.
These pieces of art jewellery are a form of temporary body modification – and an impression, I’m certain, will remain on the wearer’s face for a short time after removing the pieces, too. These pieces remind me of this 1974 piece from Gijs Bakker, entitled Profile Ornament:
I’ve never really been a huge fan of this type of contemporary or, rather, art jewellery – probably because it’s not colourful or bold enough!… But I think these pieces are stunning, and that their effect on the wearer themselves is bigger than the appearance of the pieces on their own.
More work from Burcu Buyukunal – above, a brooch, and below, a ring (argentium sterling silver, plexiglass, and acetate):