The societal taboo surrounding speaking ill of the dead, effectively gags abuse survivors. Whilst others may openly mourn the loss of a loved one, survivors must process their abuser’s death privately. All too often, when the abused speaks ill of an abuser, they are judged, criticised and victimised all over again.
Drawing on Victorian mourning brooches, traditionally constructed with locks of hair and jet beads, these mourning mouthbrooches are created using contemporary laser-cutting, resin and dental alginate technologies. Worn as outward signals of the inner turmoil survivors endure, the mouth symbolically clamps shut to old them in place.