The monolithic on a miniature scale
Using the body as a landscape, Fraser creates tableaux of collapsed monuments, remnants of antiquity, and roughly hewn statues. By playing with connotations of material and scale, fragments of history are transformed into personal totems and jewellery is given a sculptural life.
"It's all about material engagement"
Fraser was born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland in a small coastal town called Oban. He studied Silversmithing and Jewellery at the Glasgow School of Art and while there he spent a semester at Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery, Tokyo before moving on to gain his Masters at the Royal College of Art, London.
Influenced by a childhood fascination for pop culture, the cinematic and theatrical, Fraser sets himself at a very tangible starting point. As a teenager he wanted to design and create sets for huge blockbuster movies; the notion being that he'd not only create the magic world of the silver screen but he'd also understand how it all came together. Whilst researching colleges with sculpture courses, Fraser discovered that studying jewellery and silversmithing could provide the skill set that he sought. This would enable him to create items whose construction may bewilder most people. Still with a mindset for the cinematic, he set about achieving finely detailed craft skills.
In his third year at GSA, tested by the more formal and traditional aspects of jewellery design, he went on exchange to Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery, Tokyo. Here, with more freedom, he began to work less as a designer and more as an artist working intuitively with a number of materials and found components. This first expedition beyond Europe ignited his appreciation of adventure and with it he found his rationale towards jewellery. He progressed to regard the jewellery he was making as if it were already operating on a grander scale leading him to treat the body as a landscape. This evolution created a broad palette for Fraser; a place from which he could tell the story of how and why we make and wear things.