Elena Moreno: sin digerir
Sin digerir is a collection that juxtaposes both jobs of Elena Moreno, restorer and jeweller. Both are guided by criteria and standards. In this case, walls are shattered, creating jewellery that is an outcome of material experimentation, and this is the axis of such professional amalgamation. These are jewels outlined to bring a new life to a material that comes from a living creature, since it uses the bones of pellets. With these, she creates structures that constitute nests where these living beings are born. And so several circles come together: the trophic chain, life and use. The bones speak of reuse, recycling, life and death. They question the worth of the material and look for a reaction, a desire at first glance, and the repulsion to know its precedence.
The poetics of this work of Elena Moreno is found in the combination of fragments formed by bones of pellets, gathered together to form nests or baskets. From a reception point of view, the fragment decelerates the reading of the whole, constituting itself as an element that can be unique but one that, nevertheless, encompasses a piece of which it is an integral part.
In Sin digerir we are confronted with works of art that challenge us for a dialogue and to interpret obscured senses. However, even though art is characterized by the absence of any function, in this case there is the function of jewellery, like brooches that can be used in the body. They want to talk to us and they do not ornament the body. These pieces are visually and physically smooth. They display a monochromatic semblance, relying on the natural colour of the bones which, connected by a metal wire, were consolidated with restoration techniques. Each piece retrieves the word oxymoron. The fragments are organic compounds of tiny bones that are mixed together in laborious and complex geometric shapes.
Elena Moreno Ribas was born in Madrid in 1984. She graduated in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Assets by Escola Superior de Conservación y Restauración de Galicia (2004-2008), with Archaeology as a field of expertise. When she completed her studies, she was given a scholarship from the museum Arqueológico Regional da Comunidad de Madrid (2008), through which she became a student/worker in the school/atelier of Restauro Paleontológico de Teruel (2008-2010). She expanded her studies by doing a Master’s Degree in Technologies for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the University of Vigo (2010-2012). At the same time, in 2011, she started to work at IPHES, (Institut Catalá de Paleoecologia i Evolució Social), Tarragona (2011-present). Also in Tarragona she started to study Escola de Arte y Design, firstly in a monographic course of ceramics (2012-2013) and, subsequently, taking an Upper Education of Artistic Jewellery (2014-2017). After completing her studies, she was awarded the 2nd prize in the Junior artistic category of the 4th International Award of Barcelona of Jewellery, awarded by the jeweller Tomas Colomer. She exhibited the end-of-cycle project at Futur Excel·lent 2017 (El Born, Barcelona) and at Joya 2017 in Santa Monica (Barcelona), where she won the Alchimia Student 2017 prize and the Enjoia’t in two categories: critics’ choice award and the 1st prize in the student category. She also exhibited in gallery Basilica for the panorama of OffJoya 2017. Recently she was chosen to exhibit at the Schmuck 2018 in Munich.