Originally from Sri Lanka, Kali Arulpragasam is a London-based jewelry designer. She founded her own company, Super Fertile, in 2006 and has since been producing provocative jewelry designs that blur the line between jewelry, art, and social commentary. She has the heart and soul of an activist and expresses her concerns through her creations. She is less concerned with creating an object of empty beauty than she is with creating something that will engage the mind and cause a reaction. In the past, she has created collections based on, among other social causes, the current economic crash (with pendants and rings emblazoned with slogans like "15 million workers lost their jobs worldwide," "Mortgage debts greater than the value of homes," and a pie chart showing world military spending figures). Her current collection is entitled "Murder." On her website, she says, "MURDER: VIOLENCE AND ELEGANCE HAVE BEEN THOUGHTFULLY CRAFTED IN INCREDIBLE DETAIL TO PRODUCE A RANGE OF BEAUTIFUL AND BREATHTAKING PIECES IN RUBIES, SAPPHIRES AND GARNETS, CAREFULLY SELECTED TO RESEMBLE BULLET WOUNDS, CUTS, MACHINE GUN FIRE TO THE BODY, SLASHES, BUTCHERING AND HACKING OF THE THROAT, HEAD AND EARS TO PORTRAY THE INHUMANITY AROUND THE WORLD."
Grisly? Yes. Shocking? Yes. Beautiful? Yes.