A furnace that emits no light, but only oppressive heat is how John Milton describes the furnace that burns in hell in his allegorical work Paradise Lost. He used his poem as an emblematic critique of religion and politics at the time. With these works the bard’s prose is referenced in a modern interpretation. The mechanics on the outside of the piece symbolise the cogs and mechanics that drive the systemic oppression of today’s society. The weight of the links further symbolise the of oppression of anyone wearing the piece.
Megan Turton is intrigued by kinetics in design and wants to create pieces that amplify and enhance the wearer’s experience and movement. She wants her design to encourage and almost require interaction and ownership through touch and movement. This desire to engage and draw the owner into the art has been amplified by my introduction to phenomenology, where an idea is only fully expressed by stimulating multiple senses. The design emphasis is placed not only on aesthetics but also how it feels and sounds.
Image: Megan Turton, Oppression, 2019. Photo: Lowan Turton.