Miquel Barceló Hameçon et appât (Hook and Bait), 2007 18kt yellow gold satin finish earrings 15 x 3.2 cm and 7.8 x 3.5 cm Edition 5 of 20 Signed and numbered The collection of Miquel Barceló came to life in 2007 through a dialogue between the artist and Chus Burés. These pieces are linked to the artist’s iconography and in tune with his serpentine aesthetic of that time. Before the collaboration started, Barceló finished the altarpiece for the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Palma Cathedral, Majorca; a magical world that drew life from the sea and plants. Out of it arose Hameçon et appât (Hook and Bait) and a series of jewels that entitled Boucles de Mer (sea curls) made in 18 kt gold and oxidised silver. Barceló made an enormous pile of test pieces out of variety of easily worked material – aluminium foil, cardboard and pieces of wax he shaped with his hand, leaving fingerprints that are reproduced in some of the jewels.
Ifeanyi Oganwu Cityscapes, 2016 9kt rose gold earrings 4.5 x 2.3 cm Edition of 12 Signed and numbered Inspired by metropolitan skylines mirrored on bodies of water, the Cityscapes Collection seeks to unify natural and manmade landscapes. Here, the functional support acts as a horizon line from which shards are reflected to create interactive elements with varying geometric intricacy. Works in the collection include a double ring, large earrings, and a pair of cufflinks, all of which grow from aggregated clusters of folded shards – the primary unit of the designs.