Clytemnestre

Clytemnestre

Sep
09

Sophia Vari Clytemnestre, 2013 Ebony, yellow gold and silver patinated necklace 24 x 19 cm Unique and signed Sophia Vari’s “portable sculptures”, as she likes to call them, first became part of the artist’s body of work 30 years ago; at a time in her life when demanding international schedule kept her constantly on the move. While travelling, she carried with her a small box of plasticine, from which she would mould miniature sculptures. “From that day on, I had a new creative challenge that gave me a lot of joy because I could see the pieces being worn,” she recalls. Vari approaches wearable art in precisely the same manner and strength as her abstract sculptures, collages and paintings. Her thorough exploration of bold geometric forms, the examination of volume, painterly curves and lines result in the composition both peaceful and elegant but also captures a harmonious theatrical tension. “It is a real challenge for me, and it is very much like creating a sculpture, made to be worn. No doubt, the fact that I am a woman has its advantages. Firstly, because I can try it on me – and secondly the fact that I have greater sensitivity compared […]

Frangere (Demeter)

Jul
05

Joy BC Frangere (Demeter) , 2022 18kt recycled yellow gold with champagne, honey and white diamonds pendant & handmade chain 4 cm length pendant; 40 cm length chain (adjustable) Edition of 7 plus 1AP Unique within the series Signed and numbere Demeter (Ceres), the green goddess of plants and fruits, agriculture and fertility. ‘Rich-haired Demeter…lady of the golden sword and glorious fruits (Homeric hymn to Demeter). Demeter is a very old goddess, who’s name means ‘earth-mother’. “My ‘Ruin-Lust’ works explore the allure and fascination of ruins. Recalling lost civilizations, and certain demise of our own. The also give rise to dreams of futures born from destruction and decay. Many of the surviving artefacts from ancient Rome and Greece are no longer intact. Sculpted images, for example, are missing limbs or facial features. These losses reflect their personal history. They are also an intrinsic part of their beauty and continuing appeal. The slow picturesque decay and abrupt apocalypse ruins are both captivating and beguiling. This piece in particular is celebrating breakages, failures, scars and stress lines. These works survived centuries, broken, missing parts, and yet they retained their enigmatic presence. Their breakages somehow make them even more beautiful.” Joy BC  

Rongorongo Earrings – Homage to Alan Watts

Nov
01

Tania Pistone Rongorongo, 2021 Homage to Alan Watts 18kt gold with bespoke black enamel earrings 1.5 x 10.5 cm unique and signed   Tania Pistone’s wearable art project for the Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery came to life following the artist’s Rongorongo series, paintings which depict an imaginary alphabet on gold-leaf plates. In her Rongorongo paintings, Pistone creates symbols in a deliberate attempt to reach an ideal alphabet, which addresses our shared, collective human unconscious. A place which she believes has been shaped by the experiences of our ancestors. ‘This project was dedicated to Alan Watts, an English philosopher born in (1915 – 1973). His major contribution was given as a popularizer in the West of Eastern philosophies (Zen). In one of his many monologues, there is the one on: what is love, which I used to engrave the plates (obviously it is fragmented into the various jewels), but the intention is that the message they carry is that. I am attaching the text:’ -Pistone (translated from Italian) Well now really when we go back into falling in love. And say, it′s crazy. Falling. You see? We don’t say “rising into love.” There is in it the idea of the fall. And it goes back, as a matter of fact, to extremely […]

The Burghers

Sep
17

Atelier Van Lieshout The Burghers, 2021 satin and polished silver bracelet 3 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm Edition of 8 Signed and numbered   The Burghers symbolizes the ever-present human dilemma which is arguably more relevant today than ever before: the choice between the known and the unknown, between security and insecurity, between tradition and progress. The bracelet draws from a universal and timeless theme: what does one do in an emergency situation? The figures huddled together and each in a different state of mind, represent the various emotions that people go through in a time of conflict: heroism, fear, rebellion, survival, escape, compassion, cowardice, joy, loneliness and doubt. Moreover, The Burghers embodies the honeycomb that is humanity: civilians united together or alternately ensnared by the society that surrounds them. Like crabs clawing one another back into the trap, the artworks questions what we do if an opportunity arose, what role would each of us play? That of the Hero? Nerd? Killer? Helper? Healer? Saint or Sinner?    

Abstraction

May
05

Sonia Delaunay Abstraction, 1979 Artcurial edition silver and enamel brooch and pendant with torque 7 x 5 cm edition 119 of 350 signed and numbered   Sonia Delaunay was a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde and at the very forefront of abstraction art. In the last year of Delaunay’s life the pendant ‘Abstraction’ was edited by Artcurial, Paris, in a limited series of 350. The pendant is accompanied by its original box as well as its original certificate. ‘I always changed everything around me… I made my first white walls so our paintings would look better. I designed my furniture; I have done everything. I have lived my art.’ – Sonia Delaunay  

Words

May
05

Gigi Mariani Words, 2014 Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello necklace 65cm long Signed and unique

Totem Necklace “Hero”

Apr
13

Aigana Gali Totem Necklace “Hero”, 2021 Gold-plated bronze necklace 28 x 16.5 cm full necklace, 14 x 11 cm when detached (head with bird on a sun disk), 215 grams. Edition of 25 plus 2 AP Signed and numbered Aigana Gali’s wearable art project Totem Necklace “Hero” (2021) is a contemporary reimagination of the traditional Kazakh necklace Onirzhiek. Historically worn by the warriors of the great Central Asian steppes, the spiritual craft of making the Onirzhiek necklace has been passed on between generations for millennia. The archaeological expeditions in eastern Kazakhstan have found examples of such amulet adornments from the sixth-fourth centuries Before the Common Era. In this totemic creation Aigana Gali brings her people’s ancient tradition into the modern world. The artist enlivens the customary interconnected horizontal rows of the Kazakh chest necklace with deities and metaphors from different times and locales of our global multi-cultural society. The bird reminisces about Noah’s biblical heroic salvation of the animal kingdom, and the luminous golden disk on which the bird rests references humanity’s oneness symbolized by the Ancient Egyptian God of Sun Ra. The Hero’s genderless face cautions of the dangers of the social ego, its wide-open third eye invites wisdom […]

Cocoons Pendant

Mar
18

Sissi Cocoons, 2021 18kt gold and blackened silver threads with natural coral pendant 10 x 7 cm 62 cm chain unique and signed   ‘The nest is not only the home of the body, but also a space that dresses and protects like the Cocoons wearable sculptures, cocoon-nests that enfold a content. The chrysalis represents both the rest of the being and its momentum, a continuous rebirth extended to the nature of coral. An aviary of intertwined gold and silver threads to enclose a fragment of coral in an embrace. A nature to be saved and to be given back to a protected place.’ – Sissi  

Vases (Vaso Vida) Ring

Jan
25

Maria Nepomuceno Vases (Vaso Vida), 2021 18kt yellow satin gold, 18kt white gold and baroque pearl ring 3 x 3 cm (31 grams) edition of 10 plus 2AP signed and numbered   ‘My first (virtual) encounter with Elisabetta took place on February 2020, a few days before the Coronavirus pandemic begins. It was incredible to feel the world changing radically throughout the creation process. In my perspective, those little sculptures became to me a symbol of a time when people hugged each other, touched each other naturally, without fear. As a jewel touches the skin. In this project where I created those wearable sculptures, the human body is the support. I can experiment the perfect meaning of the work when it integrates with the body landscape.Those microcosms are atavistically connected to the work I’ve been developing in sculpture. Beads, pearls, vases…As babies the jewels evoke their origin at the large mothers’ installations that I produced. I named Vases these necklace and ring series of works, because it symbolizes the feminine power, fertility, vital energy. Vases contain the mystery where life happens.’ – Maria Nepomuceno  

Ring

Oct
01

Monica Bonvicini Ring, 2014 18kt white gold with white diamonds and soft chain ring edition of 50 Vieri edition   Monica Bonvicini’s wearable art pieces are each one-of-a-kind. The artist’s relationship between power and gender are evidently reflected in each piece of this series, translated into inimitable and exceptional statement design. Exclusively made with ethically sourced gold, Bonvicini added her touch of humour to the pieces from the featured grenades alongside the sapphires in the long chain necklaces, to the satirical play on watch-fetishism in the bracelets. Luxury is redefined, by purposely moving away from shiny gold to sexy black, with blackened white and pink sets with striking white, brown and black diamonds, as well as sparkling emeralds and deep blue sapphire. Their minimalist yet hard and sturdy look was tailored to suit today’s strong and inventive woman, bringing a punch of beauty and sophistication.