Fragments

Gigi Mariani
Fragments, 2015
Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patin, bracelet
10 cm diameter, H 2 cm
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 noble metal. Under the application of heat, “blood clots” and cracks appear in the surfaces — making them appear marked by age. Mariani counteracts his instinctive approach of using the metal surface as a canvas through his precise, geometric forms. In addition to precious metals, the basic materials of Gigi Mariani’s jewellery include iron, copper and brass. The  aesthetic appeal towards Mariani’s unique creations are due to the fact that these sculptural and often cuboid pieces have been crafted by a goldsmith who also works as a visual artist. 

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