“Shukra, the Sanskrit name for Venus, refers to light, brightness and clarity. Sculpted by hand, these single-edition neckpieces draw on memories of water, the body and fear of my own sexuality. As a child, being forced to wear speedos at school became synonymous with feeling shame and being exposed. Now, in my late 20s, the little black dress of swimwear is my apparel of choice – I always feel like I am loving my body and loving myself in a speedo. The skimpier the better. These amulets reflect this development in pride and clarity I now feel towards wearing less in public. Finished with leather suede thong and handmade beads, I wish I could have seen someone wearing one of these at my primary school swimming galas. Maybe my mindset would have been different – bright and clear, like rippling water.”
clay, acrylic and suede leather thong | 6 x 4.5cm | unique
Artist and jewellery designer Githan Coopoo works exclusively in clay to create unique pieces of poetic import. “I find clay to be a medium that is both uncomplicated and universally timeless. I hope my pieces bring a subtle sense of self-awareness to the wearer — an almost grounding sensation. To adorn the body with a fragile ornament is to make a commitment to sensibility and sensitivity — both powerful and beautiful practices.” Githan graduated from UCT in 2017 with degrees in English and Art History. He lives and works in Cape Town.