January 31IN: NewsJEWELLERY FINALIST 2016/EDNA DE BRUYN Our existence exhibits a constant state of struggle... ShareOur existence exhibits a constant state of struggle between fragility versus strength and humans versus nature. Humans are the most successful species on earth but we are eroding the planet to support ourselves.We are so adaptable that we change the environment to suit ourselves. It is almost as if we have declared ourselves independent from nature. But we are not separate from the natural world; we forget that the very air we breathe in, is what trees breathe out.It is an interesting notion in life that something that appears delicate has unseen strength, and things that appear strong can be very delicate. Both humans and the natural world exhibit both strength and fragility. We are resilient against certain impacts, yet certain changes in the environment make us extremely fragile.Although humans are destroying the natural world, nature is fighting back to reclaim its space in our concrete jungles. It is visible in our daily lives, whether it is a flower pushing its way through a crack in a sidewalk, or the roots of a tree enveloping structures, breaking through concrete barriers, and cracking the foundations and walls of neglected buildings.The inspiration for my ring design is the co-existence of strength and fragility in both humans and nature. I have utilised concrete to depict humans and delicate flowers created in metal to depict nature.Related ArticlesMarch 21IN: NewsEMERGING TALENT POPS UP AT THE AVA GALLERY March 13IN: NewsTalent From Emerging Creatives Showcases At Pop-Up Exhibition At Nelson Mandela University Bird Street Gallery, Port ElizabethMarch 06IN: NewsMeet the Judges - Pieter Mathews, 2019February 18IN: NewsMeet the judges – Adelheid von Maltitz, 2019February 15IN: NewsMeet Judge & Curator Stephen HobbsFebruary 15IN: NewsDon’t forget the deadline!