Scar

Gigi Mariani
Scar, 2018
Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina, brooch
diameter 5.5 cm
unique and signed

 

 

Working with old fashioned techniques, Scar is a sculptural brooch that incorporates niello, a blackener with the aid of sulfur, of which Gigi Mariani carefully conceals the preciousness of the bright silver. Fundamental to the expressive, pictorial medium of niello, the application of heat, “blood clots” and cracks appear in the surfaces — making them appear marked by age, creating such unique surface textures. Mariani engages his instinctive approach of using the metal surface as a canvas, and with niello, he interrupts that surface texture through his precise, geometric forms, dotting the brooch with a single linear pattern of silver droplets. 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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