"In life and death. In health and sickness."
Untitled (Engagement Ring), 2017
Glass virus 7 x 7 mm / 0.27 in
10k White Gold Ring 16.5mm / 0.64 in
Untitled (Engagement Ring) is a white gold ring often used to engage before marriage. However the diamond is actually a human papillomavirus made of glass.
The fate and the mark that the virus leaves behind in relationships transcends all levels. It is not something that affects only individually, but interpersonally. The virus affects the trust, love, honesty, respect and security that form a commitment. In addition to deforming a person's physical image over time, it also has the potential to produce cancer in a large number of human beings. Cervical cancer is caused by this virus transmitted by sexual contact, positioning itself as the second leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide.
In our society, the commitment goes beyond a legal contract or the explicit, formal and public test of it. The key to commitment is to know yourself (also biologically) and be honest with yourself and the person you want to have a relationship with.
When risks are high, relationships are vulnerable. The defining moments of a relationship are when we are under a lot of stress or we have to make important decisions in which we disagree with our partner. Committing to the personal agenda is far from committing to a relationship.
A promise is the intention to make a specific act in the future, while a commitment is a proven fact with behaviors and a consistent attitude of thoughts and beliefs. These two concepts are often misunderstood and in some cases the consequences are beyond repair.
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