Young boy : Young girl 2008
Worthing Museum & Art Gallery
Young boy : Young girl explores the social and scientific knowledge of the Victorian era and the enduring impact of this period on contemporary life.
The work was made in response to the Victorian sentimental and mourning jewellery, collection held by Worthing Museum & Art Gallery where the intricately woven human hair in some items is both fascinating and poignant. The jewellery is a perfect example of the Victorian preoccupation with mortality and remembrance. Each item is an intimate expression of attachment and becomes what Anne Louise Luthi has described as 'more complicated than a basic desire for self-adornment'. (Luthi, 1998, p.4)1 Worn mostly during the latter stages of mourning, the jewellery also reminds us of the high mortality rates, particularly amongst children, experienced during the Victorian period.