Aidan Tunnell                              Artist          Designer          Metalsmith
Throat: Openness and Communication

(flowers: bittersweet nightshade, bearded crepis, calla aethiopica) 
Throat: Openness and Communication

(flowers: bittersweet nightshade, bearded crepis, calla aethiopica) 
Throat: Openness and Communication (detail)

(flowers: bittersweet nightshade, bearded crepis, calla aethiopica) 
Throat: Openness and Communication

(flowers: bittersweet nightshade, bearded crepis, calla aethiopica) 
Left Hand: Receiving
	    	
(flowers: ambrosia, traveler’s joy, allspice, mossy saxifrage)
Left Hand: Receiving
	     	
(flowers: ambrosia, traveler’s joy, allspice, mossy saxifrage)
Left Hand: Receiving
	     	
(flowers: ambrosia, traveler’s joy, allspice, mossy saxifrage)
Intestines: Relinquish 
   		 
(flowers: clematis, olive, sweet briar, balm of gilead)
Intestines: Relinquish (detail)
   		   
(flowers: clematis, olive, sweet briar, balm of gilead)
Intestines: Relinquish (detail)
   		   
(flowers: clematis, olive, sweet briar, balm of gilead)
Intestines: Relinquish (detail)
   		    
(flowers: clematis, olive, sweet briar, balm of gilead)
Right Hand: Giving

(flowers: bindweed, clarkia, oak leaf, coriander)
Right Hand: Giving 

(flowers: bindweed, clarkia, oak leaf, coriander)
Manifestation of Language: BFA Thesis Exhibition
Manifestation of Language is influenced by symbolism from the Victorian language of flowers and of the human body in relation to expressing and understanding emotions. In essence, this series is wearable metal sculpted flowers, that represent specific emotions when connected with the symbolism of the body part on which they are worn.

My draw to flowers is from their aesthetic, impermanent, and symbolic qualities. During the Victorian era flowers were used in lieu of words – their quiet communication a way to express what the age of moderation, in language, could not. Without a dictionary for interpretation they are just flowers beautiful unto themselves. Interpreted, the subtle and nonverbal way flowers can communicate in place of words manifests a new language of empowerment and vulnerability. I use metal because it makes the flowers permanent and wearable objects opposed to fleeting and delicate. Through metal, interpretations of emotions have a strong and physical place in the world. Manifestation of Language continues my journey in expressing myself through the literal translation of emotions linked to the body with the visual cues of flowers. Through my work, body analogy and symbolism have been catalysts in a continuing journey in the deciding of and understanding of myself.
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