The inspiration behind my concept came from the experience I had when my father passed away, my father's death forms the basis for my theoretical and practical research and also inspired and informed my investigation into funerals specifically. I will be investigating the Traditional Xhosa burial, because of the many different burial rites, as well as the rituals they perform in preparation for the burial itself. I want to use the Xhosa Tradition in my work as an example of how we as a society are structured and formed through the religious rituals that guide us in life and even in death. Through my work I want to gain another perspective into why we perform these rituals by analyzing the Xhosa culture as well as my own to create my own mourning jewellery that speaks to both the Xhosa culture and my own understanding of ritual and loss.
I use the theory of liminality of Victor Turner to further explain and go deeper into the reasons for these burial rites and ceremonial essentials towards the preparation of the funeral and the importance of preparing the deceased for the life thereafter. In my practical exploration I investigate the symbolism and meanings behind their tradition as well as my own and incorporate it into my work.In my jewellery pieces I use materials such as enamel, ceramics, hair, bone, wood, smooth cast, sage, candle wax and resin to represent the funeral and the rituals and combine and incorporate them in ways to speak about loss and in combining these elements into jewellery pieces they become pieces of sentimental value and resemble the loss of an individual life dear to me.
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