Ania Guillaume Butterfly Wings, 2018 Titanium ear cuf 7.2 x 3 x 1.5 cm Unique In sculpture as much as in wearable art, there is a strong perception of the spiritual natural universe. Flowers or animals are designed within the shape of the jewel and, once worn, they create an elegant dialogue within the wearer and nature. The first wearable art pieces were made in 2011 in gilded bronze and later she moved to silver gold plating.
Meret Oppenheim Snake Ear Cuff, designed in 1936, executed in 2014 18kt gold ear cuff with tsavolites 7.8 x 4.4 x 1.2 cm Edition of 88 Gems and Ladders edition A small snake embraces the wearer’s ear, not as a passive adornment but an active creature that looks back at the viewer with glinting green eyes. Meret Oppenheim delighted in the annual carnival celebrations in Basel; she collected traditional masks and made costumes of her own, with an interest in how the wearer could be transformed. Here the person wearing the snake ear cuff may take on the sinuousness and stealth of the reptile. The snake’s narrow tail wraps around the ear, as can be seen in the illustration of 1936, a gesture that is protective yet a little menacing. Courtesy of the Artist and Gems and Ladders