Magma Brooch

Liliane Lijn
Magma Brooch, 2013
Silver sulpher brooch
Edition of 25 + 2APs

 

 

Evocative of her visual abstractions and material manipulations, Lijn’s concept of the primal earth are finely tuned with the geological sciences. This brooch resembles the same characteristics of the highly volatile liquid magma that keeps the planet alive and constantly rotating. This same magma that reaches the surface from volcanic eruptions, maintains the cycle of life and death, are drawn into continuous momentum of renewal and vitality that Lijn echoes in her Magma and Fossil series.

There is something very personal when wearing this brooch. In a very meditative approach with these pieces, Lijn begins her pieces by moulding a clump of very hot wax with her bare hands. The high temperature, although stung her skin, the malleable nature of the wax manipulated the mass to resemble the magma of the earth. As technology has allowed her to work with a diverse range of materials in her sculptural work; instead of cast metal, electro-forming was used to carefully reflect the same earthen surface texture reinforced into this brooch.

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