Ania Guillaume
Gingko, 2018
Gold plated silver cuff
Ref. C5

Nature is Guillaume’s main inspiration: the subtle colours, the ingenious shapes, the amazing technical solutions.  Guillaume translates this inspiration, at the micro and macro levels, in her paintings and sculptures. Gingko is Guillaume’s one of a kind miniature wearable sculptures visually derived from the leaves of the ancient Japanese tree. The gingko leaf was purposely chosen by the artist not only for its singular beauty, but mainly for the its meaningful symbolism of longevity and wellbeing.When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, six Gingko trees were among the few living things to survive within a short radius of the blast site—and they’re still standing today. Thus, the Japanese regard the gingko as “the bearer of hope.” It is also known as “the survivor” and “the living fossil.” Guillaume first approached wearable art in 2011 using  gilded bronze, until the artist started moving onto gold plated silver and titanium, which proves to be much lighter, durable and with titanium more colourful. Each of Guillaume’s wearable sculptures are hand sculpted, sometimes leaving the artist’s finger prints on the surface of the work.

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