Magma Cuff

Liliane Lijn
Magma Cuff, 2018
18kt gold
Edition of 5 + 1AP
Signed and numbered

 

Evocative of her visual abstractions and material manipulations, Lijn’s concept of the primal earth are finely tuned with the geological sciences. With her cuffs, they  resemble 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.

The way these cuffs so fittingly encase the wearer’s wrist engages in a very personal dialogue with Lijn’s motifs of the primal earth. In a very personal, meditative approach with these pieces, Lijn begins her pieces by moulding a clump of very hot wax around her wrist to create such cuffs. 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 unique cuffs.

With this cuff electro-formed into gold, this becomes a very bright piece that stands out as a very vivacious addition to the wearer. Reflective of the hot magma, this golden piece brings forth that energy and momentum that makes this particular cuff a very special piece to the wearer.

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