Contact #1, 2013
Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina, bracelet
10 cm external diameter, 6.5 cm internal diameter
unique and signed
Gigi Mariani works with antique, almost forgotten techniques. Using niello, a blackener with the aid of sulfur, he conceals the preciousness of the precious metals. Under the application of heat, “blood clots” and cracks appear in the surfaces — making them appear marked by age. Mariani engages in his instinctive approach of using the metal surface as a canvas, using niello as the expressive medium in contrast to his precise, geometric forms. In addition to precious metals, the basic materials of Gigi Mariani’s jewelry include iron, copper and brass. His creations’ unique aesthetic appeal is due to the fact that these sculptural and often cuboid pieces have been crafted by a goldsmith who also works as a visual artist.