What did the jeweller say to the dentist?
Though goldsmiths have occasionally been employed in the making of teeth, the realms of
ornament and health have grown far enough apart today for any cooperation to seem quite
As this image of her dental record demonstrates, Lisa Pittar has
undergone a lot of dental work in her life. It was the hours spent in the dental chair,
knowing the tools and materials that were reconstructing her smile, that provided the
`inspiration' for her response.
Lisa Pittar (Undesirable inheritance) has created a series of rings that reflect rather than supplement dental work: she presents the work as testament to the hours of painful labour entailed in constructing a perfect set of teeth. With the right tools (drills, files, pliers) and materials (gold, silver), jewellers are well equipped to engage with dental practice. And more than that, they can delve into areas most dentists are reluctant to enter: the symbolic value of teeth.