Labyrinth

Gigi Mariani
Labyrinth, 2016
Silver, 24kt yellow gold, niello, patina, brooch
diameter 6 cm
unique and signed

 

 

Labryinth is a complex brooch that demonstrates GiGi Mariani’s incredible treatment of form and materiality. He works with antique, almost forgotten techniques. Combining his wearable jewellery pieces with niello, a blackener with the aid of sulphur, he conceals the preciousness of the precious gold and silver on the underside of the brooch. The unique attributes to niello are given under the application of heat; “blood clots” and cracks appear in the surfaces — making them appear marked by age, creating such a unique sculptural look to these works. Mariani engages his instinctive approach of using the metal surface as a canvas, incorporating he expressive medium of niello, he interrupts that surface texture through his precise, geometric forms. This brooch is indeed that labyrinth of topological surfaces, contrasted by its expressive texture. In addition to precious metals, the basic materials of Gigi Mariani’s jewellery include iron, copper and brass. His incredibly sculptural and geometric wearable works of art have become a testament to Mariani’s incredible attention to materiality as both a goldsmith and visual artist.

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