At Death's Door - Jessica Jarvis

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Artist Statement

Jessica Jarvis

When I saw the tomb doorway in the Chinese section of the V&A, I was immediately inspired by the contrast between the humble clay material used and the lavishness of it’s creation. The main focus of my piece was taken from sections of the repeated stamped pattern that runs all the way along the tomb doorway. This can be seen in the ‘tree’ like pieces that hang and shimmer from the main dome. I chose the scale of the earrings to reflect the opulence of the tomb and the status of the person who used to lie inside.

At Death's Door - Jessica Jarvis

©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Inspiration details:

Clay brick

Part of the doorway of a grave

China (made)

206 BC - 220 AD (made)

unknown (production)

Clay

V&A collection reference number(s):
A.27-1953

2015 Exhibition Guide

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