Searching for Permanence

trend analysis / osteo artifact

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The following text and images are part of a trend analysis captured in a handmade book.

Every bone marks a place in history. A species, an era, a manner of walking. In humans, the clavicle is the first bone to develop during the seventh postovulatory week. After death, teeth become the last part of the body to decompose. In-between our first and last bone unfolds our full existence on earth.

because even when our consciousness leaves,
mortis phases continue. Osteo artifacts,
left behind

Mark our existence.
Mark our species’ existence.
Prove permanence beyond death.


During conscious life, we deny our impermanence. We hide from our age and inevitable death. But our fascination with bones reveals an unconscious desire to embrace our fleeting presence.

Our fleeting presence connects us to all matter on the planet. Yet, as humans, we live a disconnected and manufactured life. We enter the world through sterile forceps. Then we grow up to live surrounded by plastic, and man-made interfaces.

Upon death, our remains are cremated.

All traces of our existence
left to bits of code
scattered over servers,

We desire to leave something behind
besides a digital trail


We want to remind ourselves of our home and anchor in the world. Our permanent, un-deniable self.

So we began using bones to grab attention.
Lady Gaga, “Dinosaur Bones,” 2010.
Jean Paul Gautier, Givenchy, Skeleton Collection, 2010.
Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst, 2010.

Then we began purchasing bones – to wear? To adorn? To decorate?
Assorted animal bones in vials, $4.
Real Python Vertebrae, Black Wolf Trading Post, $16.
Mini Skeleton, Python Vertebrae, Quail Skeleton, $24.

And using bones in art.
Installation with Rattlesnake vertebrae from Jennifer Trask, 2011.
Reincarnation of the Sapi art installation, 2013.
Knit “Fossil Fuel” art installation print, Gittelaegaard, 2014.

They’ve crept into our accessories
Double Dancing Bag in black gold perch leather, March 2013.
Stacked bone necklace, vertabrae necklace, OS accessories, 2013.
Snow Violent, Scull and Bone Sugar Cubes, June 2013.
Skeleton Hand Ring Bracelet Cuff, January 2013.
Chaemin Hong, bone-like heels 3D printer, Fall 2013.


and furniture.
Joris Laarman Lab, experimental exhibition design.

Their texture inspires surface design.
Tanya la Mantia, Fragile Series 3, inspired by skeletal structures, bond china, 2013.

Moving from literal skeletal references
Ubiquitous Urbanism Studio, March 19, 2013 By Bolojan Daniel.

to abstract anatomical forms.
Stefan Fähler and Sebastian Klug, Exhibition poster, August 2013.

Let us embrace our bones. Using them to inspire us during our fleeting existence. Using them to appreciate the fragility of life on a journey through starting, becoming, deteriorating, and remembering that they live on when we go.