Masumi Kataoka makes jewellery that resembles animal intestines. They represent the metaphorical home of our emotions which can sometimes be over the top and ugly. Kataoka’s work is beautifully simple and though still grotesque, the use of animal innards draws the viewer in.
When I thought more about the statement ‘we are not made of glass’, I considered ways of creating exposed organs to highlight the strength and importance of our protective layer. I came across Kataoka’s intestine series which encouraged me to keep my focus on bruises as the paths seemed too similar.