When Noor Fares encounters the world of Flavie Audi, a marvellous jewellery collection comes to life. Bringing the name of Superlunary, this collection fuses the crucial points of their artistic practices. On the one hand, there is Noor’s minimal aesthetic and the celebration of lunar bodies transfixed in eternal fluidity. On the other hand, there is Flavie’s exploration into the symbiosis of the synthetic and the natural.
The collection counts 15 unique pieces in the shape of necklaces and pendants, earrings, a ring, a brooch and a bracelet.These artistic jewels are created through different processes: hand carved stones requiring high levels of craftsmanship inlaid with artificial and natural gems, synthetic resin that swallows natural stones to form ethereal clouds and silver with resin moulded by a 3D printer. These materials form together suggestive and ambiguous juxtaposition through which the lines between the two are blurred. This duality invites viewer and wearer to consider the relative merits of each material. In an era of technological innovation that has seen the creation of flawless, synthetic diamonds, undetectable by man or machine, Superlunary questions the values and authenticity of these materials.
About Flavie Audi and Noor Fares
Flavie Audi is a talented artist that creates encounters with the sublime. In a world that becomes more virtual every day, Flavie seeks to define a new kind of aesthetic and physical materiality. Mechanisms of life and light are translated in her work together with the union of fragments of an ethereal landscape or geology. Cultural Geology is the invented word to express Flavie’s artistic practice: ‘a science, which is linked to human processes; planetary bodies or substances grown or are made to create synthetic materials that exhibit properties and behaviours not usually found in nature.’ These artworks transmit living energy, evoke a certain ambiguity that is perceived between digital screens and celestial bodies and, therefore, investigate the points where natural and artificial worlds meet.During the making process, Audi embraces accidents and new discoveries, which then become an integral part of her work. Audi melts glass and precious metals together to create colour through the resulting chemical reactions. Often perceived as a natural material, glass is in fact a man-made element, a composite organic material. It both absorbs and reflects light, and exists on the border between absence and presence. Flavie’s glass works reflect this enigmatic quality. They are both scientific, as they are based on an understanding of how to manipulate glass, but are also open to chance, as a product of an almost alchemical process. As the interface between the viewer and the virtual, glass is omnipresent in the digital world, signifying the tension between the two realms.
Noor Fares is a talented jewellery designer that founds her inspirations in the talismanic and mystical qualities of gems. Talismans are filled with spiritual meanings that encapsulate geometry principles, which over time have been rooted into Vedic astrology. Noor explorers the power and significance of ancient symbols and universal concepts creating pieces of jewellery of exquisite craftsmanship. Through cut and carved stones,Noor designs specific patterns that echo a unique spirituality. Her desire is to create a jewel that complements the wearer, protects her and at the same time inspires her to create her own symbol and personal intention. Sacred symbolism and geometry are at the core of Noor’s practice along with the mysticism discovered from different cultures and the pursuit of exquisite craftsmanship. This ethos is present in each collection creating pieces that showcase a wide array of craftsmanship techniques ranging from hand carving, enamel, bespoke cut stones and nano ceramic plating.