This piece of jewellery is made from lichen collected on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
The lichen is the first thing to grow back after a volcanic eruption. The gathered and wrapped plant material embodies everything that Martin Belou values: stories of transformation, stories of fire, and all the life that unfolds therein.
This jewel represents the noble and the luminous, the eternally recurring moments, and the infinite loops of life that cross and intertwine with one another.
Martin Belou creates situations and experiences using the elements of water, air, and fire.
Driven by intuition and the mastery of craft skills, he combines sculpture and drawings with the organic materials he gleans and gathers. In installations that evoke universal—sometimes ancestral—notions and forms, he endeavours to address our relationship with the world and the fundamental idea of community that binds us together.