Pile Power and Loaded – Keep Hitting Our Jaws
Pile Power is a series of jewellery made from miniature skulls in reindeer bone porcelain and metal. Loaded – Keep Hitting Our Jaws is a necklace made of reindeer jaws, metal wire and synthetic thread. All works are made from leftover materials from artist Máret Ánne Sara’s Pile O’Sápmi project, exhibited at Documenta 14 in 2017. Created in collaboration with the artist Matt Lambert, the works highlight issues of sustainable development as it relates to indigenous peoples’ practices and livelihoods across geography and culture. The collaboration also shows the importance of intersectional work between minorities, in this case indigenous and queer practitioners joining together.
Máret Ánne Sara and Matt Lambert
Artist and writer Máret Ánne Sara lives and works in Kautokeino. She is the founder of the artist community Daiddadallu and the multidisciplinary art movement Pile O’Sápmi. Her work addresses political and social aspects affecting the Sami communities. The work Pile O'Sápmi, which consists of more than 400 reindeer skulls, has been purchased by Norway’sNational Museum. In 2014 Sara was nominated for the Nordic Council’s Children and Young People’s Literature Prize for her debut book Ilmmiid gaskkas (Between Worlds).
Matt Lambert lives and works in Detroit, where they explores various techniques within arts, craft, performance, sculpture and fashion. Lambert received the Next Generation Award from the Surface Design Association, and recently featured on the Global Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Council’s Top100 list of jewellery and accessories designers. Lambert is currently studying a master’s degree in Critical and Historical Craft Studies at Warren Wilson College, focusing on underrepresented groups and the relationship between craft and nation state.