Ellen Pittman, 'Body to Body' opening at Lord Coconut

In Body to Body, young Tasmanian jeweller Ellen Pittman studies and replicates cuts of butchered meat and turns them into pieces of shiny, flesh-textured jewellery. Casting with precious metals such as brass, bronze and sterling silver, she plays with the emotionless “chop, crop and package” process of the meat industry, stripping any “stains of reality” (i.e. blood) from her brooches and cufflinks. Each piece contrasts its organic textures with geometric cropping, sending the idea of the original meaty mould further from mind in order to focus on the appeal of touch. Probably not one to take a vegan to on a first date.