Artist: Elena Gileva Elena is currently studying for an MA in Ceramics at the Royal College of Art. The expression of histories and cultures through objects is central to her practice. She has studied previously at Emily Carr University, Vancouver, and she graduated with an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons Paris. Elena’s work has featured in numerous exhibitions including ‘The Established and the Emerging’ at Christies, South Kensington, and Ceramics Arts London. Elena has also held residencies in the UK, Japan and Denmark. www.elena-gileva.com Original object:Candlestick with the figure of St Sebastian,Brass, Maker unknown, 1475-1500, Rijksmuseum, BK-NM-2285, Image © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Researcher: Anne-Clothilde Dumargne Anne-Clothilde is a PhD student at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Her thesis focuses on medieval daily life in Western Europe, in particular everyday life objects in bronze, copper and brass (candlesticks), based on written, archaeological and iconographic sources. Brass candlesticks, such as the St Sebastian example, were intended in the early Middle Ages to decorate altars but were gradually introduced into rich and poor households. As domestic utensils they were more reliable, more durable and more aesthetic than precarious lighting devices.