The Breath Inside The Breath
Vinyl Record & Diamond
The song I chose is actually a chant from Ram Dass, called ‘Rama Rama’. Rama is the name of Lord Rama, which means the Perfect and Supreme One of Eternal Bliss, who dwells in everyone of us. The chant is simply a repetition of the mantra ‘Rama’ throughout. Every time I listen to it, it has a numinous effect on me that is beyond words.
Kabir, a 15th century Indian saint wrote:
" .... What is God?
He is the breath inside the breath. "
For me, it is the moment when the mind is silent and in complete stillness, that is when we touch the sublime. For the artwork, I have chosen to use only the rim of the record; the beginning soundless part before the song starts. This rim with the hollow centre forms a neck piece. Besides, the circle is a symbol for emptiness in the Buddhist zen tradition. Being a jeweller, I am setting a grey diamond in it to leave my mark. Diamond is the hardest material on earth and I believe it will endure the way music does.
About The Artist
Shing, the creator behind Argentum, is perhaps one of the first few artist jewellers in Singapore. The St Martins-trained artisan challenges the boundaries of jewellery through her constant questioning of the very medium she works in. Much of her work deals with what she has witnessed as empty formalities in an industry which more often than not focuses on surface aesthetics and value. She draws inspiration by going inward and uses her pieces as emotive extensions of herself. Her jewellery transcends adornment; the divide between the material and spiritual seems to fade in her ethereal collections.
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