“Today jewellery is more than a luxury object. My pieces contain a point of view on the modern society and the actuality we all share.”

In contemporary Jewellery design the role of the artist itself plays a big role in combination with a strong concept. It is very important for making the step towards modern and conceptual art jewellery.
We all need to care and consider the reality through our own individual eyes. Artists need to talk and research more deeply into their topics and story behind every jewellery piece or object. This also applies for the use of their materials, because today we are overrun by a flood of all kinds of materials. It can be concluded that there are enough chances to use whatever we have and a strong connection between the piece and the concept can be made through the use of any material that is not being wasted.

As an artist Dabin Lee works around social problems and daily issues in our society that need more concern. Her bright, humorous and colourful pieces are based on her drawings that portray the everyday reality. In every piece a message is given to the viewer or participant by showing different stories behind the work. A kind of ‘double entendre’ which makes people realize and think about their own perception and opinion.

With “Hello Murder!” Dabin talks about our human intentions drawn by our personal emotions and cravings. The feeling that we seem much too comfortable based on our possessions. For Dabin there is a distinct misjudgment in the word value, and what value really defines. “Hello Murder!” tries to make us think about our daily consumer society and the downsides of it. A plastic bag is light and easy to produce for example but not necessary. In the end we only enlarge the trash pile. Not to mention the pollution of our environment, the beaches, the sea..

Dabin Lee started walking around Pforzheim to collect plastic trash which she found laying around. All the plastic pieces were turned into copper or silver using the process of electroplating. We don’t throw away our jewellery. This way other people’s trash is turned into objects made out of a precious looking metal. “They become jewellery pieces in their most fundamental state,” says Dabin.


Copper, Electroplating
Black copper wire
photographer: Adler Benedikt

Cargo Collective 2017 — Frogtown, Los Angeles