The evocative art of Giorgio Vigna is rooted in nature’s metamorphic phenomena. He fluidly interchanges the artistic mediums of sculpture, works on paper and jewellery, inviting us to understand our relationship with the cosmos through engaging our senses. His works trigger our imagination through their textures, sounds and movements, evocating the mystery of our attraction to the natural world. In celebration of Elisabetta Cipriani’s 10 years of collaborations with the world’s leading visual artists, we invite one of the gallery’s first partners, Giorgio Vigna, to discuss his relationship with wearable art. GV: It makes me very happy to know that I am one of the first artists your gallery represented. It has now been ten years! EC: Yes, it all started with our first collaboration. You were there from the beginning. How has this journey together been like for you? Giorgio Vigna, Segmenti, 2018, oxidised silver and 18 kt yellow gold necklace, unique and signed.Photography credit: Francesca Moscheni. GV: I know that you appreciated my art even before you opened your gallery. Working together has been important for me because it has always made me feel that I was in good company. It also gave me the opportunity to show some of […]
“A jewel, a work of art is a presence that reminds us of the importance of emotion, of life, of our values and ideals” Paolo Canevari’s art works are nothing short of academic philosophical essays. The artist fearlessly takes on the burden of human history, dissecting and re-appropriating cross-cultural symbols in an invitation to a collective and honest self-awareness. In response to today’s unstable and divided political climate, Paolo’s first wearable art project asks us to re-evaluate the meaning of power, both historically and in our contemporary globalised society. In our interview, we delve into the mind of this brave thinker. EC: Your Roman She Wolf necklace holds a special place in my gallery’s collection. We both grew up in Rome, where the symbols of bygone empires and their ever-changing heroes are embroidered into the city’s daily life. Your art is created by and against this visual language of power. A recurring theme in your work, and one which you have chosen for your wearable art projects, is animal symbolism. The eagle, the octopus, the beautiful she-wolf – what do these animals mean to you? PC: What fascinates me about the world of symbols and icons is its capacity for change […]
“Nature is untouchable to me. It’s foolish for anyone to try to replicate it or beat it” – John Moore tells us with the humble confidence of an artist who won the prestigious Goldsmith’s Company award in 2016 – the industry’s highest form of recognition. “It’s about paying homage to nature, celebrating it but in a way, which is honest to its construction and to yourself”. John’s ability to create pieces which draw inspiration from the living world yet stay truthful to his unique vision has earned him a cult following among jewellery collectors. The grande dame of wearable art Tuan Lee commissioned his first Verto necklace. Lady Helen Hamlyn, patron of the arts and founder of the The Royal College of Art’s Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, is another energetic supporter of John Moore’s work. Last year’s prominent exhibition of contemporary jewellery, Bijoux Contemporains, Une Passion at Brussel’s BOZAR was followed by a beautiful catalogue; and John’s necklace notably graces the first page. At Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery we could not agree more with all the acclaim that John Moore’s work is receiving. Here, we offer you a glimpse into the magical headspace of this remarkable artist. EC: You mentioned to me […]
Exhibition opening: Monday 3 December 5.00 – 8.30pm. Elisabetta Cipriani is very pleased to present the two latest collaborations. The She-Wolf, the Eagle and the Octopus are creations by the Italian artist Paolo Canevari made in a limited edition of 5. Together the three objects of art constitute a sophisticated set of zoomorphic silver serving cutlery inspired by three animals which across human history have been associated with symbols of power: the She-Wolf, the Eagle and the Octopus, eyes made of diamonds, rubies and pearls, respectively. Through employing these archetypal images yet using them in a new context, the artist puts their meaning in jeopardy and invites us to reflect on the iconography of power. Ania Guillaume interpreted Bruno Acampora’s luxurious scented candles through sculptural holders Sérénité, inspired by gingko leaves. These will be displayed alongside other renown scents of the perfumery. With the artists interest in nature’s intricate spirituality, she purposefully chose the gingko leaf not only for the folliage’s singular beauty, but mainly for its meaningful symbolism of longevity and wellbeing; qualities deeply rooted in Acampora’s identity and its wonderful aromas. Recollections of the natural world will be augmented by our showcasing of Michele Oka Doner’s Goddess Minaudiere (2007), a sterling silver clutch that in its shape recalls nature in its purest […]
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 28 November, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30pm. Elisabetta Cipriani is very pleased to present Carrying Memory, the first wearable art project by performance and poetic installation artist Chiharu Shiota. Through the use of 18kt gold, Chiharu Shiota intricately intertwines and folds threads which gradually expand into the universe, becoming an extension of the body in space. A necklace and a ring that can also be used as a pendant, have been conceived and perceived in the same way as Shiota’s thread installations, in which she integrates, within a web, objects that carry memories of our daily life. For the necklace, Chiharu Shiota chose to create the art piece around a key, a meaningful object related to everyday life. Viewing keys as “familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives”, the artist invites us to make a profound and treasured connection with the necklace. Within the golden threads, Shiota suspends the contrasting silver key with a powerful, dark and dreamlike potency. The traces left behind by a human life are also conceptually explored in the ring/pendant, which is made entirely of golden webbed threads to symbolise the inside of a human body. These two poetical […]
Opening: 5 October 2018- 2:00-6:00 pm. Elisabetta Cipriani is delighted to present the first wearable art project of the Italian artist Sissi . Nidi (Nests) is a project entirely handmade by the artist and consists of a pair of earrings and two pendants that can also be worn as brooches or displayed as sculptures. Inspired by the idea of a safe place, these wearable sculptures like the natural nests, embrace the life and the body of the wearer. The gold pendant finds protection over the heart and when worn as a brooch, finds its peace between the branches of the ribs. Manual ability is central in Sissi’s work: she delicately intertwines and welds gold and silver threads with coloured stones and twists hand painted enamelled strips to make a new skin that represent an extension between her work and her body in the space. In the artist’s practise, everything starts from a small element that grows and develops in different forms. This flow take shape from the soul of the artist and is articulated from the body with a potentially infinite form.
Opening: 23 November – 6:30 – 8:30 pm Elisabetta Cipriani is delighted to announce Pommes de Jong, the first wearable art exhibition in London of the Dutch artist Jacqueline de Jong. The Pommes de Jong is an ongoing project that came to life in 2007 in Bouan (Bourbonnais, France) where in the mid 1990’s de Jong and her husband Tom Weyland decided to buy a house. She created a vegetable garden and they planted potatoes in memory of the lack of food during the war. De Jong stored the potatoes in a 13th Century cellar and suddenly realized that she was fascinated by the huge number of sprouts that were growing from the shrunk tubers. When de Jong was asked by a jewellery collector to make a jewel for her, she thought that she might do something with these shrunk potatoes and their sprouts that were getting longer and longer. Having flowers and seeds growing above the ground and the roots underground, de Jong is fascinated by the enigmatic nature of these tubers. The artist finds in them an erotic shade thinking about the potato flower and what she calls the ‘potato balls’ that contain the seeds. De Jong specifically […]
Elisabetta Cipriani is delighted to present Game, a new gallery project by Adel Abdessemed. Inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s idea of ‘fatal beauty’, Abdessemed created a chain bracelet and a pair of earrings made of an accumulation of white gold laser-cut razor blades. Game encapsulates the notion of fatal beauty by being both lethal and attractive in its appearance. It provides the person who will wear it with a complex interplay between being threatened and at the same time reassured by its beauty. Through its complex identity, Game draws from Abdessemed’s artistic practice, in which he consistently blends elements of beauty and brutality. Developing an artistic vision from text, images and life, Abdessemed engages with the flaws and contradictions of the contemporary world. As the artist states: “My art makes no claim at representing reality, but simply a touching reality.”
WEARABLE ART: ARTIST-MADE JEWELLERY TRANSFORMS THE WEARER INTO A WALKING WORK OF ART Friday May 20 2016, 3:00 @ Art16, Olympia – London Panel: Elisabetta Cipriani, Stephen Webster MBE, Andrew Logan, Didier Haspeslagh, moderated by Harriet Quick Collectable, covetable and (relatively) affordable, artist-made jewellery is the millenial art-lover’s must-have, but what is behind its sudden surge in popularity? From Alexander Calder and Yves Tanguy, who both made earrings for the ground-breaking collector Peggy Guggenheim, in 1942, to Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Man Ray, artists have long-regarded jewellery as small-form sculpture. They tended to produce pieces as one-offs for their most loyal patrons but, recently, galleries devoted to wearable art have sprung up and are commissioning the world’s top contemporary artists to create these dimuitive works. Always tactile, sometimes kinetic or emitting tiny sounds, the pieces are all about an intimate relationship between the artist, the work and the wearer – the artist’s imaginary woman come to life.
Elisabetta Cipriani is pleased to announce a new collaborative project with renowned Italian artist Enrico Castellani. Nastro (1963-2016) is an exclusive jewel made from 18kt yellow satin gold that can be worn either as a brooch or as a necklace. The artist has created an edition of ten pieces, on show and available at Elisabetta Cipriani gallery, London from 29 February 2016. Enrico Castellani is regarded as one of Italy’s most important living artists. The new work Nastro can be located within the artist’s wider practice in the way in which it expresses Castellani’s consistent poetical engagement with the manipulation of surfaces and light, evident here in the elegant bending of a single strip plate into an intriguing anthropomorphic shape. Nastro has a connection with Castellani’s personal history, first coming to life in 1963 when the artist decided to design and create a gift for his then partner, a token of love that the recipient has kept with her ever since. The piece embodies a more unconventional aesthetic than Superficie, a jewellery collaboration between Cipriani and Castellani realised in 2012, which exhibits the artist’s characteristic relief surfaces as seen in the Castellani celebrated series of work Superficie Nera (1959). About Enrico Castellani […]