Vivi Touloumidi is interested in jewellery as a multifaceted cultural phenomenon and its manifestations of the human condition. Understanding the cosmos of jewellery is her way of negotiating and commenting on society and history. She is currently working on a project entitled Parerga, a word rich with meaning and symbolism. She transforms the casting sprues from sculptures into wearable pieces for the body. These sprues are forged and assembled into shapes that resemble gilded frames, their irregular surfaces the result of random errors generated during the casting process.
Born in Athens in 1977, Vivi Touloumidi initially studied financial management and banking. She holds a BFA from Hochschule Pforzheim in Germany and an MFA from Sweden’s Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design. Her work is exhibited internationally and can be seen in museums and collections such as the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, the Cominelli Foundation in Italy and Ilias Lalaounis Museum in Athens. Since 2018 she has been a lecturer and PhD student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, investigating jewellery and wearable craft objects in times of social conflict.