Around 1900 the American doctor Duncan MacDougall was sure that he had proven the existence of the human soul through his studies on dying patients and that he could give it a specific weight: 21 grams precisely.
For Janika Slowik, 21 Gram symbolizes metaphorically that which is often referred to as the soul: What gives color, gives life and makes something personally important. This can be something that is hidden inside, not noticeable at first sight. In her jewelry pieces, lasered patterns make the normally stiff acrylic sheets become flexible. The transformation from a two dimensional plate to a three dimensional jewelry piece happens at the moment the wearer puts it on.